3189. Robert Southey to William Wilberforce, 7 September 1818*
Keswick. 7 Sept. 1818
My dear Sir
Lady Beaumont has rendered any farther enquiry on our part respecting a house unnecessary. The one concerning which she will have written is in many, or in all respects, the most commodious in this place. 
I would gladly accept your kind invitation were it not that besides the ordinary tie of business, I am in daily expectation of a guest from the North, & it is not unlikely that one from the South may make his appearance also.
My Life of Wesley  is nearly half printed, & it is most likely that I shall be able to show you the chapter which I mentioned, in the proof sheets. It is an historical chapter, the purport of which is to show how that general state of indifference & irreligion was brought about, which prevailed in this country when Wesley began his career.
Believe me my dear Sir
most truly & respectfully yours