3495. Robert Southey to [Unknown Correspondent], [19 June 1820]

3495. Robert Southey to [Unknown Correspondent], [19 June 1820] ⁠* 

Dear Sir

It would have given me sincere pleasure to accept your invitation for Thursday, were I not engaged to go to Tunbridge [1]  on that day. On Wednesday I will avail myself of your kindness & call in the morning, as soon as I can reach town from Battersea Rise [2] 

I remain dear Sir

Yr obliged & obedient

Robert Southey

Monday afternoon.


* MS: Beinecke Library, Osborn MSS File ‘S’, Folder 14202. ALS; 1p.
Dating note: Correspondence detailing Southey’s itinerary at this time indicates that this letter was probably written on Monday 19 June 1820. BACK

[1] Southey’s sister-in-law Louisa Southey, and her mother, Mary Gonne, were staying in Tunbridge at this time. BACK

[2] Southey’s correspondent Sir Robert Inglis Harry lived in Battersea Rise, in the southern part of London. BACK