611. Robert Southey to Charles Biddlecombe, 6 October 1801 *
Oct. 6. 1801. Keswick
My dear friend
I was absent, wandering in Wales when your letter arrived, & am on my return so hastily hurried away, that barely time is left me to reply to the business it contained.
About the beds my Mother knows best & she will determine. the drawers are to be sold – the books could not go in them, & will travel safer in boxes. once more let me apologize for the trouble given you. it does not sit easy on my conscience.
Tomorrow I depart for Dublin. you may suppose that it will be no small comfort to shake hands with Rickman in a strange land. I will write from thence at my first leisure & send you a direction. Mrs S.s remembrance. mine also to your good mother  & Mr Coleman. 
yrs very truly