2466.1 Robert Southey to Henry Herbert Southey, [fragment], [c. 3 August 1814]

2466.1 Robert Southey to Henry Herbert Southey, [fragment], [c. 3 August 1814] ⁠* 

[MS missing]

Your Ded. will do very well.  [1]  – I was in hopes you would have come he[MS missing] first, & then about beginning of next month I would have gone with you into the Bishoprick, but I cannot well move sooner. you must not come into the North without paying a visit to Skiddaw & Derwentwater. – My bust [2]  is arrived & broken on the way. I propose to set the head upon a mop stick in[MS missing] a scare-crow, having as you know a hat which may properly accommodate it for such service. – I am Brazil-ing.  [3]  A Dios.



* MS: Keswick Museum and Art Gallery, 1996.5.326. ALS; 1p.
Dating note: dating from content; Southey learned from his brother on 3 August that Henry Herbert would probably not be visiting Keswick as he had planned; see Southey to Tom Southey, [started before and continued on] 2–3 August [1814], Letter 2465. This letter was written either on the same day or very shortly afterwards. BACK

[1] The dedication to Henry Herbert Southey’s Observations on Pulmonary Consumption (1814). BACK

[2] A bust of Southey, sculpted during his stay in London in 1813 by James Smith (1775–1815). BACK

[3] Southey was working on the second volume of his History of Brazil, published in 1817. BACK

Places mentioned

Skiddaw (mentioned 1 time)