2752. Robert Southey to Henry Herbert Southey, [9 April 1816]

2752. Robert Southey to Henry Herbert Southey, [9 April 1816]⁠* 

My dear Harry

The last 24 hours have proved on the whole favourable. [1] Edmondson & Miss Barker (whose opinion is worth quite as much) both believe that the disease is subdued, & only debility remaining. For myself I still perceive the cough which was the first symptom, & observe that the pain at the breast, which has been the most alarming, exists still, tho materially relieved. Would that you had been with us. Out of danger it is impossible to pronounce him – but there is hope

God bless you




* Address: To/ Dr Southey/ Queen Ann Street/ Cavendish Square/ London
Stamped: KESWICK/ 298
Postmark: E/ 12 AP 12/ 1816
Seal: red wax
MS: Bodleian Library, MS Don. d. 3. ALS; 2p.
Unpublished. BACK

[1] Southey’s only son Herbert was gravely ill and died on 17 April 1816. BACK

People mentioned

Southey, Herbert (1806–1816) (mentioned 1 time)
Edmondson, John (d. 1823) (mentioned 1 time)
Barker, Mary (c. 1780–1853) (mentioned 1 time)