3357. Robert Southey to Walter Scott, 5 October 1819

3357. Robert Southey to Walter Scott, 5 October 1819⁠* 

Keswick. 5 Oct. 1819.

My dear Scott

I have volunteered a letter of introduction to you, because the person to be introduced is well deserving it, – a son of Sir John Kennaway (of Dev Devonshire) [1]  with whose manners, information, & way of thinking you will be well satisfied.

I thought to have seen you lately at Abbotsford. But the friends [2]  with whom xxxxxx I travelled, instead of returning by way of Edinburgh (in which case I should have left them, & bent x my course toward you) took the western road, & made Keswick their resting place, – so that it was impossible to quit them. We made a six weeks tour & I laid in a large stock of pleasurable recollections. [3] 

My last volume of Brazil [4]  has been delayed by some unaccountable blunder during my absence; – you would otherwise have received it ere this.

God bless you my dear Scott, – & grant you many years of life & enjoyment –

Yrs affectionately

Robert Southey.


* Address: To/ Walter Scott Esqre/ Abbotsford
Endorsement: Southey
MS: National Library of Scotland, MS 3653. ALS; 2p.
Unpublished. BACK

[1] Charles Edward Kennaway had recently visited Southey in Keswick. He returned to do so again in 1820. He was the son of Sir John Kennaway, 1st Baronet (1758–1836). BACK

[2] John and Susannah Rickman and their two youngest children, William Charles Rickman (1812–1886) and Frances Rickman (dates unknown, she married Richard Brindley Hone (1805–1881), Vicar of Halesowen 1836–1881, in 1836). BACK

[3] Southey’s tour of Scotland lasted from 17 August until 1 October 1819. For his record of events, see Journal of a Tour in Scotland in 1819, ed. Charles Harold Herford (1929). BACK

[4] The third volume of the History of Brazil (1810–1819). BACK

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Keswick (mentioned 2 times)
Abbotsford (mentioned 1 time)