3345. Robert Southey to [a member of Southey's household at Greta Hall, probably his wife Edith Southey] [fragment], [20 August 1819]
3345. Robert Southey to [a member of Southey’s household at Greta Hall, probably his wife Edith Southey] [fragment], [20 August 1819]*
[MS missing] tomorrow, & whither we are to return from Loch xxx Kattrin the next day.  Tell my very magnificent & beloved Thom that crosses & other such kickwomangigs are so dear as to be out of all reason & reach. – We have more to see than I expected, & therefore shall be longer about, but there will be no time lost, & I shall not be ill employed upon the way. It is dreadfully hot, – I shall send home a small parcel of books, – Peters Letters are by Mr Wilson chiefly,  – & will show you what a cursed state of society these Scotties have made for themselves, when that sort of personality which used to be the peculiar enjoy enjoyment of the Mrs Candours  & [MS missing]
Love to all. God bless you
Miss S.  is very much disimproved. The manner which she has acquired is the most compleat specimen of falsetto that I ever remember to have seen. Mrs Grant is a very pleasing woman.
Oh the heat!
* MS: Victoria University Library, Toronto. ALS; 2p. (c).
Note on MS: Only the lower portion of 1 fol., written on the recto and the verso, survives.
Dating note: The letter was written on 20 August 1819, the day before Southey and his party visited Loch Katrine. BACK
 Southey and his party left Callendar for Loch Katrine on 21 August and returned to Callendar on the following day; see Journal of a Tour in Scotland in 1819, ed. Charles Harold Herford (London, 1929), pp. 27–43. BACK
 John Gibson Lockhart was the author of Peter’s Letters to His Kinsfolk (1819), no. 2223 in the sale catalogue of Southey’s library. Southey was given a copy by the publisher, William Blackwood, when he called on him in Edinburgh on 17 August. Southey was told that Wilson was the author on 18 August. BACK
 i.e. talkative, and therefore rather dangerous, gossips, like the character Mrs Candour in Richard Brinsley Sheridan (1751–1816; DNB), The School for Scandal (1777). BACK
 Hannah Stanger (1799–1867), daughter of James Stanger, a member of an old Cumberland family who made a fortune in business in London and retired to Keswick. Southey had called on her in Edinburgh on 17 August 1819 in order ‘to deliver a small packet from her father’, Journal of a Tour in Scotland in 1819, ed. Charles Harold Herford (London, 1929), p. 4. Southey met Anne Grant at the same time, as Miss Stanger was staying with her as a pupil. Miss Stanger married, in 1823, Robert Midford (d. 1865), a civil servant in the Ordnance Office. BACK