3633. Robert Southey to Caroline Bowles, 14 February 1821
3633. Robert Southey to Caroline Bowles, 14 February 1821*
14 Feby. 1821.
I forgot when writing yesterday  to thank you for the drawing, & for the feeling which induced you to send it. I know the spot well, & the poplar tree, but among the nearest buildings are some high tower-like chimnies, which look as if they belonged to a manufactory, & which I think have been erected since my time. For my recollections of Bristol are in the eighteenth year of their age: – a large part of human life!  Were I to visit that city now, I should walk its streets like a stranger, & scarcely meet one person whom I remembered, or who would remember me. – When my poem reaches you, you will see that I do not think of Bristol without a natural feeling. 
I please myself in thinking what pleasure you will have in sketching here, – where, if you have never been fairly in a mountainous country, you will feel yourself almost in a new world.
Yrs very truly
* Endorsement: Miss
MS: British Library, Add MS 47889. ALS; 2p.
Previously published: Edward Dowden (ed.), The Correspondence of Robert Southey with Caroline Bowles (Dublin and London, 1881), p. 22. BACK
 Southey had left Bristol in 1803 after the death of his first child Margaret Edith. BACK
 A Vision of Judgement (1821), Canto 11, lines 57–61, celebrated: ‘Bristol! my birth-place dear. What though I have chosen a dwelling/ Far away, and my grave shall not be found by the stranger/ Under thy sacred care, nathless in love and in duty/ Still am I bound to thee, and by many a deep recollection!/ City of elder days, I know how largely I owe thee’. BACK