2121. Robert Southey to Grosvenor Charles Bedford, 8 [July] 1812
2121. Robert Southey to Grosvenor Charles Bedford, 8 [July] 1812 *
Keswick. June 8. 1812.
My dear Grosvenor
If I am not too late in the request I wish you would pay away my coming pension  with the addition of a few pounds to the amount in all £39–12 to Mr Morgan, th with whom Coleridge lives, – in payment for certain necessary articles of house-keeping which till now I have b never been able to acquire, & which I have lately procured thro him, viz – 24 table spoons, 12 tea spoons & two butter ladles. His father in law is a working silversmith,  & I have saved some 20 per cent by getting them thro this channel.
I cannot go to town till November, & have not the conscience to ask you to delay your coming so as to suit my movements, – much as I should rejoice in your company on the road. My time is fixed because in that month we expect there will be a new moon to make his appearance in the family, <whether> Lunus or Luna remains to be seen. 
Coleridge will stay in London till he feels ashamed of seeing persons who know how long he has remained in the indulgence of idleness & vile habits, – the one motive which occasions all his changes of habitation. You are perfectly right in chusing to travel alone.
I walk off on Monday next – my cold is still villainously bad but I hope I shall drop it upon Crossfell which we shall cross on Tuesday, & go down Tees dale.
* Address: To/ G. C. Bedford Esqr
MS: Bodleian Library, MS Eng. Lett. c. 24. ALS; 2p.
Dating note: dated by Southey as ‘8 June’, but content suggests this is a mistake for 8 July. BACK
 Edith Southey was pregnant. Isabel Southey was born 2 November 1812. BACK