932. Robert Southey to Charles Danvers, [1] May 1804

932. Robert Southey to Charles Danvers, [1] May 1804 ⁠* 

May day 1804.

Dear Charles,

I have a daughter whose name is Edith, born last night. at four in the afternoon Edith lay down as usual to take a nap. at half after five she awoke feeling herself unwell. at half after eight she was obliged to retire to her room, & before ten my daughter very considerately made her appearance, knowing I did not like to be kept up late. They are both doing well. the young one is very large & so hideously ugly that I think she would look better in a bottle than a bed.

Clarkson says xxx you expect to clear my books. I do not comprehend what the phrase means for it smelleth of the Custom House, but it gives me hope for I have been groaning in spirit about those books, which are exactly those which I now most want. Send them off as soon as ever you can recover them, if such good fortune should befall me.

A letter yesterday from Lisbon [1]  announces that the Cheeses & Jellies were that very day detected, proved & approved, the Cheeses, tho not so good as that of the former year, being better than any other except real Stilton that he had ever tasted, & arriving happily at a time when skim cheese is 2/4d a pound! he begs for more as soon as they can be had, so bespeak three for that purpose, & I will also beg you to send him off two toasting cheeses the first opportunity.

I go for London as soon as Rickman shall have answered my letter by this post, [2]  – & will send you from thence a draft for £35. which will pay Ediths debt to Martha, & clear my account with Danvers & White. [3]  this has been delayed thus long merely because I have been for the last month in expectation of this event, & rather wish to know the state of my account with Longman before I draw, as perhaps I may be enabled to make the draft 40 – & so leave a little balance in your hands.

If the little box which came in the last cargo from Lisbon – be indeed not very big I could wish you to send it to Rickmans. my Uncle tells me there are many books in it which will be of immediate use, & having no list I cannot pick & chuse, so if you will ship it off per waggon I shall meet it.

farewell. I am writing circulars & must therefore excuse the length or brevity of one of them.

God bless you –



* Address: To/ Mr Danvers/ Bristol./ Single
Stamped: KESWICK/ 298
Postmark: E/ MAY 4/ 1804
MS: British Library, Add MS 47890. ALS; 3p.
Unpublished. BACK

[1] From Southey’s uncle Herbert Hill. BACK

[2] For this, see Southey to John Rickman, [1] May 1804, Letter 933. BACK

[3] Danvers’ firm of wine merchants with his partner, who has not been identified. Also note that Southey had ordered wine from Danvers earlier that year; see Southey to Charles Danvers [c. 15 January 1804] (Letter 885); 1 February 1804 (Letter 892) and 1 March 1804 (Letter 905). BACK

People mentioned

Hill, Herbert (c. 1749–1828) (mentioned 2 times)
Rickman, John (1771–1840) (mentioned 2 times)
Fricker, Martha (1777–1850) (mentioned 1 time)
Fricker, Edith (1774–1837) (mentioned 1 time)
Clarkson, Thomas (1760–1846) (mentioned 1 time)