826. Robert Southey to Mary Barker, [24 August 1803]

826. Robert Southey to Mary Barker, [24 August 1803] ⁠* 

Thank you. [1]  We design to start Friday or Saturday. having Mrs Lovell with us we travel in chaises, our way therefore will be to make for Penkridge & drive to Congreve, where we hope to arrive about the middle of the Second day, which I hope will be Saturday. It will shake poor Edith anew when she sees you, but the sooner such shocks are over the better.

God bless you.




* Address: To/ Miss Barker/ Congreve/ near Penkridge/ Staffordshire.
Postmark: [partial] BRISTOL AUG 4 03
MS: MS untraced; text is taken from Robert Galloway Kirkpatrick Jnr, ‘The Letters of Robert Southey to Mary Barker From 1800 to 1826’ (unpublished PhD, Harvard, 1967), p. 61
Dating note: Dated from internal evidence, one of a series of letters written by Southey on Wednesday 24 August 1803. BACK

[1] Mary Barker had invited the Southeys to stop at her home in Congreve on their way to Keswick. BACK

People mentioned

Fricker, Mary (1771–1862) (mentioned 1 time)
Fricker, Edith (1774–1837) (mentioned 1 time)

Places mentioned

Congreve, Staffordshire (mentioned 2 times)
Keswick (mentioned 1 time)