1227. Robert Southey to Charles Danvers, 14 October 1806

1227. Robert Southey to Charles Danvers, 14 October 1806 ⁠* 

My Dear Danvers

You will be glad to hear that Edith is safe in bed, & also that she has a boy this time, a stout fellow with as loud a voice as he is entitled to on his fathers side. We shall call him Herbert. Yesterday a little after six in the morning he arrived, making good speed, as is the family custom.

Tom & the Doctor have been very cordially received – & their Uncle has very xxx handsomely xxx when Tom was going shopping furnished him with forty pounds. This is well; – but I think Tom will wish he had not taken your advice & posted them in such haste. If he has to wait some time for a new appointment Taunton is a dull place, & he already complains of finding it so. A few days on the way to Plymouth, or on a few weeks leave of absence from thence would have been enough.

He tells me that Edward is turned strolling player. Years & years ago I said it was what he would come to – tho lately indeed I had no such hope of him. It is the last thing he could do after having so irretrievably disgraced himself, & the act of changing his name indicates more decency than I thought he possessed.

Ediths love –

God bless you


Tuesday Oct 14. 1806.

Coleridge not yet arrived. [1] 


* Address: To/ Charles Danvers Esqr/ Bristol./ Single
Endorsements: [illegible list of names on address sheet]
Stamped: KESWICK/ 298
Postmark: E/ OCT 17/ 1806
MS: British Library, Add MS 47890. ALS; 3p.
Unpublished. BACK

[1] Coleridge had travelled abroad to Malta for his health in 1804, taking up a temporary post there as Public Secretary to the British Civil Commissioner. He arrived back in England in August 1806 and though he returned to Keswick at the end of October, he did not stay to live there. BACK

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