1774. Robert Southey to Charles Danvers, 2 May 1810
1774. Robert Southey to Charles Danvers, 2 May 1810 *
My dear Danvers
I have been waiting some time to get a ten pound Bank of England Bill, – & this not being the Laking season the article is a scarce one. To day however Janson  has supplied me, & you have here the half inclosed.  Direct to Durham to acknowledge its receipt, – we set out to visit the Doctor on Monday next, & I xx will take the other half with me to be sent from thence as soon as I hear this has reachd you.
The box arrived about a month ago, not safe – I am sorry to say. For want of a cord it had entirely fallen to pieces, – some of the books came xx up loose in the cart, & some I believe have been lost upon the way. Those which have arrived are the Hist. of the Counts of Thoulouse.  Hist. of Charles 6.  – Estes Journey,  – the Joan of Arc book,  – the Prælia Anglorum  – the Enchiridion. 
If any have been lost I am afraid their value can not be recovered from the carrier, because the box was not properly secured, being far too slight to carry any weight, without a cord. The letterings answer so well that xx x xxxx you must not be surprised to receive a second packet of labels for the same purpose.
When you mentiond in a former letter that your spirits were greatly depressed by an expected misfortune which you could not then explain, I was of course anxious to guess what it could be, & soon divined xxx what xxx proved to be the true cause. I was led to this supposition because it evidently did not relate to your own concerns, & as evidently to the worldly concerns of some person with whom you were very intimate. But I was not the less grieved at finding this opinion verified.
You have I hope received my Brazil  – whether it will afford you much amusement or not I am doubtful. King I think will find some things that will interest him in it. I am very very very busy, – finishing off my Register  work before our journey Eastward, besides which I have to compleat & arrange the notes to Kehama,  the poem being almost printed. You will I hope receive it by <in> the course of next month.
God bless you. I shall write from Durham with the remaining half note. Tom goes with us. All well, – but xx cold weather is just come back again after extraordinary heat.
Yrs very truly & affectionately
May 2. 1810
* Address: [in another hand] London May nine <put in North/ ten> 1810/
To/Charles Danvers Esqr/Bristol/ CWWilliams Wynn
Postmark: AMA/ 9/ 1810
Endorsement: 1810/ 2nd May
MS: British Library, Add MS 30928. ALS; 4p.
 i.e. half of the banknote – a secure way of sending money in the post, by tearing banknotes in half and sending the two halves separately. BACK
 Guillaume Catel (1590–1626), Histoire des Comtes de Tolose (1623), no. 683 in the sale catalogue of Southey’s Library. BACK
 P. A. La Lande (dates unknown), Histoire de l’Empereur Charles VI (1743); no. 1591 in the sale catalogue of Southey’s library. BACK
 Charles Este (1753–1829), A Journey in the Year 1793: Through Flanders, Brabant, and Germany (1795); no. 1010 in the sale catalogue of Southey’s library. BACK
 Possible Nicolas Lenglet Du Fresnoy (1674–1755), Histoire de Jeanne d’Arc (1775); no. 868 in the sale catalogue of Southey’s library. BACK
 Christopher Ocland (d. in or after 1590; DNB), Anglorum Praelia (1582); no. 2051 in the sale catalogue of Southey’s library. BACK
 Martin Luther (1483–1546), Enchiridion Piarum Precautionum, Cum Passionale (1543); no. 1769 in the sale catalogue of Southey’s library. BACK
 Southey’s work on the historical sections of the Edinburgh Annual Register, for 1808 (1810). BACK