722. Robert Southey to Joseph Cottle [fragment], [c. 30] September 1802 *
Bristol, Sept. 1802.
I was from home, looking out for a habitation in Wales, when your letter arrived. My journey was so far successful, that I am in treaty for a house,  eight miles from Neath, in the mountains, a lovely spot, exactly such as will suit my wishes. * * *
* MS: MS untraced; text is taken from
Joseph Cottle, Reminiscences of Samuel Taylor
Coleridge and Robert Southey (London,
Previously published: Joseph Cottle, Reminiscences of Samuel Taylor Coleridge and Robert Southey (London, 1847), pp. 227-228.
Dating note: written very shortly after Southey’s return from South Wales on c. 28 September 1802; the first surviving letters on his return home date from 30 September, and this letter was written around this time. BACK