2646. Robert Southey to Henry Herbert Southey, 16 August 1815

2646. Robert Southey to Henry Herbert Southey, 16 August 1815 ⁠* 

You may tear off the other leaf & send it to Dr Young. [1]  Had the book contained what he wanted I would have brought it up to town.

Spa is xx but about 60 miles from Brussels, & the only way lies thro Liege. It is a beautiful place, & would put Aix la Chapelle at a very trifling distance, within reach. But of this when we meet. Count on me for £25.

I sent you Lady Carysforts [2]  note.

Who is to be the Parlez-vous of the party, – for my part neither my tongue nor my ears will be of any use. [3] 


16 Aug. 1815


* Address: To/ Dr Southey/ 15. Queen Anne Street/ Cavendish Square/ London
Stamped: KESWICK/ 298
Postmark: E/ 19 AU 19/ 1815
MS: Bodleian Library, Don. d. 3. ALS; 2p.
Unpublished. BACK

[1] Probably the physician and natural philosopher Thomas Young (1773–1829; DNB); at this time, Physician at St George’s Hospital, London. Southey had compiled some notes for him; possibly relating to his researches on optics or the Rosetta Stone. BACK

[2] Elizabeth Proby (1756–1842), wife of Lord Carysfort and daughter of the former Prime Minister George Grenville (1712–1770; DNB). The ‘note’ was probably connected to Henry Herbert Southey’s campaign for the post of Senior Physician at the Middlesex Hospital. He was elected on 17 August 1815. BACK

[3] Southey and his brother were planning a visit to France and Belgium. Southey here signals his lack of conversational skills in the languages of either country. BACK