3311. Robert Southey to Grosvenor Charles Bedford, 10 June 1819
3311. Robert Southey to Grosvenor Charles Bedford, 10 June 1819*
My Dear G.
To your wish – I must put off my southwards, – but for more than a month. – I had to chuse between this prorogation, & giving up an engagement which for three years had been put off year by year, from different causes (last year because of the Queens illness)  to meet Rickman in Scotland, & accompanying him to the Highlands Canal.  His journey cannot be delayed another year – & so I alter my arrangements accordingly. This is in some respects unlucky, – but it suits well with Wesley  , & with my finances, which will be recruited by this respite.
Mrs Hemans is certainly no common writer. Her last volume is on the lathe.  By all means review it if you can, – for it will be of great service to her, & I believe she is in circumstances which will render such service very acceptable to her. I had a letter from her some years ago.
Gifford has cut out the only good thing in my paper – about Christian in the P Progress & Mr Legality & Mr By-ends.  I have a letter to day from his friend Davison,  saying he shall call upon me soon.
So I shall come to town in November
God bless you
June 10. 1819
* Address: To/ G. C. Bedford Esqre/ Exchequer
Endorsements: 10 June 1819; 10 June 1819
MS: Bodleian Library, MS Eng. Lett. d. 47. ALS; 3p.
 Rickman was Secretary to the Commission responsible for constructing the Caledonian Canal 1803–1822. BACK
 Felicia Hemans (1793–1835; DNB), Tales and Historic Scenes (1819). She had just separated from her husband, and so was in need of a successful publication. The book was reviewed, with others, by John Taylor Coleridge, in Quarterly Review, 24 (October 1820), 130–139. BACK
 Southey’s ‘Inquiry into the Copyright Act’, Quarterly Review, 21 (January 1819), 196–213, published 4 June 1819. These references to John Bunyan (1628–1688; DNB), Pilgrim’s Progress (1678), in which Mr By-ends is a false pilgrim and Mr Legality an unhelpful guide, were removed. BACK