3749. Robert Southey to Grosvenor Charles Bedford, 24 November 1821

3749. Robert Southey to Grosvenor Charles Bedford, 24 November 1821⁠* 

Keswick 24 Nov. 1821

My dear Grosvenor,

If you can send me <some> money, it will come at a seasonable time. – I am working hard, with the hope of good profit during the winter. Yesterday I sent off the first part of an article to Gifford, [1]  & as soon as it is finished, I shall take up the Book of the Church, [2]  write one more chapter in it, & then send it boldly to the press, sure that when I am so far on – that I shall push forward & get thro. The stimulus of necessity is not required to make me work, but it is required to make me stick to that which is profitable in preference to any other subject

Was there ever such weather! Livos, Notus & Auster [3]  seem all to have the wind-colic, – what a mercy that Boreas is not in the same condition.

I threaten another letter to you for the purpose of farther displaying the inexhaustible richness of the Lingua-Grande. [4] 

God bless you



* Address: To/ G. C. Bedford Esqre/ Exchequer
Endorsement: 24 Novr. 1821/ Money
MS: Bodleian Library, MS Eng. Lett. c. 26. ALS; 2p.
Unpublished. BACK

[1] Southey reviewed Sara Coleridge’s An Account of the Abipones, an Equestrian People of Paraguay (1822) in Quarterly Review 26 (January 1822), 277–323. The book was a translation of Martin Dobrizhoffer (1717–1791), Historia de Abiponibus Equestri, Bellicosaque Paraquariae Natione (1784). BACK

[2] Southey’s The Book of the Church (1824). BACK

[3] Livos (or Lips) was the Greek god of the south-west wind; Notos and Auster were the gods of the south wind in Greek and Roman mythology, respectively. Boreas was the Greek god of the north wind. BACK

[4] Southey’s name for the language devised by his sister-in-law, Sarah Coleridge; see Southey to Stumparumper [Grosvenor Charles Bedford], 14 September 1821, Letter 3730. BACK

People mentioned

Gifford, William (1756–1826) (mentioned 1 time)

Places mentioned

Keswick (mentioned 1 time)