2150. Robert Southey to Henry Herbert Southey, 26 September 1812

2150. Robert Southey to Henry Herbert Southey, 26 September 1812 ⁠* 

Keswick. Sept 26. 1812.

My dear Harry

I direct to you at random, & write in haste, – in order that you may write to my Aunt Mary (Bishops Hull, Taunton) & tell her where she may find you. She is going to London, to inspect Mr T. Southeys will, suspecting roguery, – roguery sans doubt there has been, but I fear none of that kind which draws on a condemned hole, bread & water, psalm-singing, a halter & a night cap among its consequences. However there seems some chance of wresting something from Oliver, [1]  as according to her account the Estate is given him for the purpose of paying the remainder of T.S’s bankrupt debts, [2]  – & it there is a question whether this does not legally leave the remainder to the Heir at Law. – It will be a great satisfaction to my Aunt to find you in town, & you will go with her to Doctor Commons, [3]  – where it is proper she should have some man to xxx accompany her. I have desired her to go to Sharon Turner for advice, being very apprehensive that his advice will be necessary to keep her from being engaged in expensive proceedings, – to which any rascally Lawyer might easily persuade her, in her present state of mind.

I owe Gooch a letter. Tell him he shall have it as soon as I feel a little at leisure. I hope very shortly to send him the Omniana. [4] 

You disappointed me sadly. – Millman expressed a wish that you had arrived to see his father [5]  – the Kings Physician, – as one who could & would gladly be useful to you.

God bless you

Yrs in haste



* Address: To/ Dr Southey/ with Dr Gooch/ Aldermanbury./ London
Stamped: KESWICK/ 298
MS: Keswick Museum and Art Gallery, KESMG 1996.5.87. ALS; 3p.
Unpublished. BACK

[1] Possibly William Oliver (1775–1830) of Hope Corner, Taunton, a major beneficiary of Thomas Southey’s will. BACK

[2] Thomas Southey was formerly a linen draper in Bristol and had been declared bankrupt in 1791. BACK

[3] Doctors’ Commons in Paternoster Row, where lawyers who appeared before the ecclesiastical courts that dealt with wills were based. BACK

[4] Omniana, or Horae Otiosiores (1812). BACK

[5] Sir Francis Milman, 1st Baronet (1746–1821; DNB), physician-in-ordinary to the King since 1806. Milman had three sons: William George Milman (1781–1857); Lieutenant-General Francis Miles Milman (1783–1856); and the poet, historian and Dean of St Paul’s, Henry Hart Milman. Southey’s is probably referring to William George Milman, who spent about a year in Keswick at this time. BACK

People mentioned

Southey, Mary (1750–1838) (mentioned 2 times)
Gooch, Robert (1784–1830) (mentioned 1 time)
Turner, Sharon (1768–1847) (mentioned 1 time)

Places mentioned

Keswick (mentioned 1 time)