1421. Robert Southey to Mary Barker, 9 February 1808

1421. Robert Southey to Mary Barker, 9 February 1808 ⁠* 

A girl who looks as if she were of the race of the Giants [1]  made her appearance ten minutes after five this afternoon.

In about three days we start, one to Lloyds 4. one to Kendal 5. one to Leeds 6. one to Halifax to see for Waterhouse [2]  7. one to Sheffield 8 – the Peck – Chatsworth – Matlock – why Senhora it will be a fortnight before we can reach you. And it seems by the map as if the stages from Derby must go to Litchfield instead of Penkridge, which will be paying the wrong visit first [3]  – however you shall hear from Derby about this – All doing well thank God –

Yrs very truly


Feby. 9. 1808.

When you communicate this to Sir E. you will make my respects, & express to him on my part a due sense of the honour he has done me & mine –  [4] 


* Address: To/ Miss Barker
MS: MS untraced; text is taken from Robert Galloway Kirkpatrick, ‘The Letters of Robert Southey to Mary Barker From 1800 to 1826’ (unpublished PhD, Harvard, 1967), p. 267. BACK

[1] Emma, the Southeys’ fifth child. BACK

[2] Samuel Waterhouse (dates unknown), whom Southey had known at Lisbon in 1801. BACK

[3] Southey, however, did visit Barker at Penkridge first; he and Barker then went together to meet Anna Seward at Lichfield. BACK

[4] Sir Edward Littleton became Emma Southey’s godfather. BACK

People mentioned

Southey, Emma (1808–1809) (mentioned 1 time)
Lloyd, Charles (1775–1839) (mentioned 1 time)

Places mentioned

Teddesley (mentioned 1 time)