321. Robert Southey to Grosvenor Charles Bedford, 3 June 1798
321. Robert Southey to Grosvenor Charles Bedford, 3 June 1798 *
Sunday 3d. June. 98. Norwich
Grosvenor you will suspect me of coldness – of an indifference to what concerns & interests you. not so Grosvenor. your first letter followed me here & arrived not till late on Thursday night. I answered it the next morning – but a blunder of Harry detained it from that days post – & then came in the Saturdays post office sabbath. it would be useless now to send it – because your after letter implies other meaning & makes me incline to unthink what I then thought. so I will bring it in my pocket to vouch that I had not neglected you: & I will then return your last.
I have no opinion to give upon the conversation you have related. it requires a previous knowledge of her  character to guess at her feelings – & one must have seen <observed> the look – & voice – all the symptoms. you know how you should proceed. if you have any hope go to Ely. if you think on longer reflection that there be none, stay at Brixton.
I have been here since Wednesday evening – & wanted only one person to have been compleatly comfortable. In William Taylor I find every thing to admire & love; as far as short experience can justify – & when you see a man at home, you see him most fairly.
Grosvenor I have been interrupted & have to dress for a distant visit. I will send this lest you should suspect me of neglect.
God bless you.