3476. Robert Southey to [Edmund Goodenough], 3 May 1820

3476. Robert Southey to [Edmund Goodenough], 3 May 1820 ⁠* 

Streatham. May 3. 1820

Dear Sir

Your note of yesterday has reached me here. The letter to which it alludes I have not received, − otherwise it would have been answered immediately.

There is no probability of my being able to attend the Westminster Meeting of next year. [1]  But as a personal attendance is not necessary, I cannot but feel it as an honour to have my name connected with the school in the manner you propose, & shall be much gratified by seeing it in the list of your Stewards.

I have the honour to be

Dear Sir

Your obliged & obedient Servant

Robert Southey.


* MS: Morgan Library, MA 63. ALS; 1p.
Note on correspondent: Identified from the letter’s content, Southey’s response to an invitation to a meeting of ex-pupils of Westminster School.

[1] An annual reunion of ex-pupils of Westminster School. Southey declined to attend, but at the urging of his uncle, Herbert Hill, agreed to share the role of Steward for 1821, which committed him to meeting some of the expenses of the evening’s entertainment. BACK

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