3481. Robert Southey to Edith Southey, 12 [May 1820]*
My dear Edith
I am a little uneasy at not receiving any letter from home since that of the 30th. Willing as the children  expressed themselves to write, & with so many of them, – from one or other, or altogether, they <you> might contrive let me know once a week how you are going on. – The twenty minutes which I have to spare would have been employed in beginning a letter to Bell, if I had not been disappointed in my expectations of finding one on my return from the mornings business, & therefore put out of the spirits required for writing in that strain. You must be contented therefore with merely hearing how my time has been past. Friday last I breakfasted with Miss Wordsworth at her brothers, & dined at Marianne’s  – a large party. Saturday at Harry Inglis’s where I slept. Sunday Mrs Gonnes. Monday breakfasted with Turner dined with Kenyon & met Coleridge & Derwent there. Tuesday breakfast with Henry Robinson, – walked to Wapping to see the sister  of Elton Hamond, dined with the Imperial General. Wednesday breakfasted with Dr Ashburner  to meet Rex & his daughter Zoe,  – but they had been called off the evening before. however I met D Jardine & his wife.  – then to the Levee  with Wynn, then to dinner at Murraylemagnes. Thursday breakfast with Dr Wordsworth, worked all the morning in the Lambeth library, dinner with a large uncomfortable party at Mrs Vardons. This morning worked again at Lambeth, & now must dress to dine with D’Israeli.
My dinner engagements stand thus – tomorrow Rickman, – Sunday G.C.B. Monday Sir George B. Tuesday at home. Wednesday with Harrys friend Mrs Cookson  . Thursday Mr Butler. Friday Wilber Saturday Sunday Monday Richmond. Tuesday Courtenay. Wednesday Mr Bill. Thursday ____. Friday D Jardine, – & on Saturday if I receive the answer which I hope for from Bunbury  I go for Cambridge.
At present I am heartily tired. love to the children, & do let me hear from home a little more frequently.
God bless you
Friday 12th. Q Anne Street
 John Archibald Ashburner (1793–1878). Born in Mumbai, India, he studied medicine at Dublin, Glasgow and Edinburgh, graduating with an M.D. in 1816. He was Physician to the Small-Pox Hospital in London 1818–1824. He then went to India, but returned and later held posts at Queen Charlotte’s Lying-in Hospital and St Thomas’s Hospital. BACK