2629. Robert Southey to [Mary Matilda Betham], 2 July 1815
2629. Robert Southey to [Mary Matilda Betham], 2 July 1815 *
I remember that I did not say half as much about your poem  as I ought to have said, – but this shall be made amends for in proper place, for I like it so much, that it will give me very sincere pleasure to say what how good it is in a manner that may be serviceable.
I do not remember whether I urged you to visit us this year, & therefore I write now, – a joint impulse of Ediths & myself. Come, & the sooner the better. Your poem need not prevent you. Proofs travel by post & know their way to this house. – It may be some inducement to know that Sir G Beaumont will be lodging in Keswick.
Now write & say you are coming –
Love from all – & so God bless you.
Yrs very sincerely
Keswick. 2 July 1815.
* MS: Beinecke Library, Osborn MSS File ‘S’, Folder 14104. ALS; 1p.
Previously published: E. Betham, A House of Letters (Norwich, 1905), p. 157. BACK