3136. Robert Southey to Humphrey Senhouse, 18 May 1818

3136. Robert Southey to Humphrey Senhouse, 18 May 1818⁠* 

Keswick. 18 May. 1818.

My dear Senhouse

Will you have the goodness to discharge for me a matter of business at Maryport, of which I know not how else so conveniently to get rid. xxx

Morrison [1]  empowered a certain Capt Robinson [2]  to call on me & receive the balance of my rent, leaving in my hands 30£ for the payment of certain annuities due in September. This Capt Robinson instead of coming himself sent a stupid boy before I was up, – I sent back word I should be at home all the morning to receive Capt. R. & from that time have heard nothing more of him. May I request you to pay Morrison the balance for me & to obtain his receipt for it. The sum is £7–10. xxxxxx which I will reimburse when we see you on your return.

You will be glad to hear that the Books from Brussels [3]  are arrived in London. This intelligence I received last night from the Grand Dormouse & when you reach town you will probably find your part of the cargo in his hands.

What delicious weather! It is as hot today as it was this day twelvemonths when we were at Versailles.

yrs very truly

Robert Southey.


* Address: To/ Humphrey Senhouse Esqre/ Netherhall/ Maryport
Stamped: KESWICK/ 298
Seal: red wax, design illegible
Watermark: B.E. & S. BATH. 1814
MS: Department of Rare Books, Special Collections and Preservation, River Campus Libraries, University of Rochester, Robert Southey Papers A.S727. ALS; 2p.
Unpublished. BACK

[1] John Morrison was acting in the complex affairs of the Greta Hall estate. BACK

[2] Possibly a ship’s captain based in Maryport. BACK

[3] Southey had purchased a large number of books in Brussels on his continental tour in 1817. BACK

People mentioned

Morrison, John (dates unknown) (mentioned 2 times)
Nash, Edward (1778–1821) (mentioned 1 time)

Places mentioned

Keswick (mentioned 1 time)
Greta Hall/ Greeta Hall (mentioned 1 time)