1863. Robert Southey to Mary Barker, 3 February 1811
1863. Robert Southey to Mary Barker, 3 February 1811 *
Keswick. Feby 3. 1811.
Had I known where to have found you, I should have written some time ago, to enquire what ill cause had kept you so long silent, – tho in truth I foreboded what it was. – All I can now say is to beseech you, if the leaf should fall from the tree,  – to set out for Keswick as soon as possible, – At all events let me hear of you, if it be only in a single line.
God bless you
* Address: To/ Miss Barker/ Penkridge/ Staffordshire.
Postmark: KESWICK/ 298
MS: MS untraced; text is taken from Robert Galloway Kirkpatrick, ‘The Letters of Robert Southey to Mary Barker From 1800 to 1826’ (unpublished PhD, Harvard, 1967), p. 348