2504. Robert Southey to Grosvenor Charles Bedford, 25 November 1814
2504. Robert Southey to Grosvenor Charles Bedford, 25 November 1814 *
My dear G.
I think you may venture this package safely by the Twopenny post to Streatham, as that Post has a good sort of conscience, & carryeth (if I mistake not) a packet of this reasonable bulk without any unreasonable charge.
Roderick  may reach me on Monday next: but perhaps the carriers may delay it a week or more beyond that time. Longman hears it highly spoken off of, & the first edition will probably go off soon – but as for any great sail, – any pocket filling gale of popularity, it ‘stands not within the compass of belief.” 
You may give your Godson a Westminster Greek Grammar,  – which as the best dictionary of anomalous verbs will save him some trouble.
25 Nov. 1814
 A paraphrase of Macbeth, Act 1, scene 3, lines 73–74: ‘to be king/ Stands not within the prospect of belief’. BACK