3317. Robert Southey to Grosvenor Charles Bedford, 14 June 1819

3317. Robert Southey to Grosvenor Charles Bedford, 14 June 1819⁠* 

My dear G.

I can do no more about the Laureate money (not one sixpence of which will ever reach me) than request John May who has the power of Attorney to receive it regularly, – which I much wonder he should not do, on the seeing that the life-insurances which he pays for me amount to more than the receipts. [1]  Mr Talbot [2]  has written to me about it – & I have no other means of franking a reply than by requesting you to send it to him. His letter I have sent to John May.

Wordsworth has been with me & given me three days of wholesome exercise. Saturday we were on Saddleback.


14 June. 1819


* Address: To/ G. C. Bedford Esqre/ Exchequer
Endorsements: 14 June 1819; 10 June 1819
MS: Bodleian Library, MS Eng. Lett. d. 47. ALS; 2p.
Unpublished. BACK

[1] Southey used the salary he received as Poet Laureate to pay for a life assurance policy, which he had arranged through John May, a Director of the Equitable Assurance Company. BACK

[2] George Talbot (d. 1836), Paymaster of the Royal Household 1782–1836. BACK

People mentioned

May, John (1775–1856) (mentioned 2 times)