3353. Robert Southey to Edith May Southey, 25 September 1819 *
Inverary. Saturday morning. 25 Sept. 1819
My dear Shedaw
On my arrival here yesterday afternoon, I found your letter. The coach is ordered – & I have but a few minutes for telling you that we have advanced thus far with continued good weather & good fortune. On Tuesday, or at the latest Wednesday we expect to be at Lanark,  – & according to the best estimate I can form, at Keswick on the Sunday following. – I have enquird for Mr Francis,  but cannot learn either that he is, or has been here.
This is the most beautiful place I have seen in Scotland. – My love to all. Tell Sarah I hope she is delighted with the Aonian Hours, & that she has compleated the sonnet ‘Ah wherefore Wiffen? – Jeremiah why.” – 
God bless you.
* Address: [in another hand] Inverary
Twenty-fifth Sepr. 1819/ Miss Southey/ Keswick/ Frm/ J
Postmark: [partial] GLASGO/ 26/ SEP/ 1819/ 105
Stamped: INVERARAY/ 464 G
MS: British Library, Add MS 47888. ALS; 2p.
 Southey and his party arrived in Lanark on Tuesday 28 September 1819; see Journal of a Tour in Scotland in 1819, ed. Charles Harold Herford (London, 1929), pp. 258–259. They inspected the model factory and community at New Lanark. BACK
 The poet, translator and Quaker, Jeremiah Holmes Wiffen (1792–1836; DNB), Aonian Hours; and Other Poems (1819); a copy was no. 2963 in the sale catalogue of Southey’s library. Wiffen had visited Southey in Keswick in summer 1819. The sonnet was perhaps an in-joke between Sara and her uncle Southey. He provided the first line and she would then complete the poem. It might have been a commentary on the quality (or lack of quality) of Whiffen’s volume. BACK