3757. Robert Southey to Grosvenor Charles Bedford, 10 December 1821

3757. Robert Southey to Grosvenor Charles Bedford, 10 December 1821⁠* 

Keswick. 10 Dec. 1821

My dear Grosvenor

I must urge you to an act of unexpected trouble, – which will however discharge you of all farther trouble with my three per cents. [1]  It is to transfer the whole sum there standing in my name to John May, as soon as you & he can make arrangements to meet for transacting the business.

John May is one of my best, oldest & dearest friends. I have a long account with him, chiefly on the score of my Life Insurance, [2] xx he stands <in need> at this time (owing to the most culpable imprudence of a brother [3]  in Brazil) of all the money he can muster. And if those were thousands instead of hundreds, he should have them.

You would have been very intimate with him long ere this, if I had had means of bringing you together as often as I should have wishd to do. He will weather this storm at the cost of much anxiety, & much temporary inconvenience.

Give him a note to say you have received these instructions xxxxx from me. His address is 4. Tavistock Street. Bedford Square. – I am very sorry for the trouble which this gives you, & would take ten times as much to spare it you, – or requite you for it in kind.

And now to work for Gifford.

God bless you



* Address: To/ G. C. Bedford Esqre/ Exchequer/ Westminster
Stamped: KESWICK/ 298
Postmark: E/ 18 DE 18/ 1821
Endorsement: 10 Decr. 1821/ Transfer. Mr May’s/ Address
MS: Bodleian Library, MS Eng. Lett. c. 26. ALS; 2p.
Unpublished. BACK

[1] Southey’s investments in government stock. BACK

[2] May was a Director of the Equitable Life Assurance Company and had arranged Southey’s policy with the company. BACK

[3] William Henry May (1785–1849), May’s younger brother and business partner in Brazil. BACK

People mentioned

May, John (1775–1856) (mentioned 2 times)
Gifford, William (1756–1826) (mentioned 1 time)

Places mentioned

Keswick (mentioned 1 time)
Tavistock St, London (mentioned 1 time)