2759. Robert Southey to Thomas Southey, [17 April 1816] *
My dear Tom
My last will have taught you what to expect. All is over. God has been merciful to us – made his passage easy. I will not tell you what I have lost, – but even at the worst I am truly thankful for having had such a child, – & as long as I live one of my deepest pleasures will be the prospect of meeting him again. 
God grant that you may be spared such affliction as this.
* Address: To/ Capt Southey RN/
Warcop Hall/ near/ Appleby
Stamped: KESWICK/ 298
MS: British Library, Add MS 47890. ALS; 2p.
Dating note: Dating from content, the letter was written immediately after the death of Herbert Southey on Wednesday 17 April 1817. BACK