499. Robert Southey to Grosvenor Charles Bedford, 21 March 1800
499. Robert Southey to Grosvenor Charles Bedford, 21 March 1800 *
My dear Grosvenor
I am going to Lisbon – & with all speed. my arrangements are making to leave this place on Monday fortnight – on my way to Falmouth. climate will I trust cure me.
You laid by for me a copy of Musæus  for my Uncle, will you be kind enough to get it bound, & send it to me here? they will bind [MS cut] in London than I could have it done. [MS cut] good spirits. & I have a definite & important object in view [MS cut] to write the History of Portugal,  a work in which I will bestow [Ms cut] labour & which, if not miserably self-deceivd, I can do as [MS cut] it ought to be done.
Wynn has been with me – we went to Berkely together & met The Old Woman.  she muttered God bless ye my children – God bless ye my children – twice she muttered these words – & as she that instant a cart took the wheel of our chaise – & if St David  himself had not miraculously interposed in the shape of the reins ––––
But I am hugely busy, & allowed myself only half a sheet. my time & paper running equally short – So
God bless you Grosvenor –
yrs here, there & everywhere
March 21. 1800.
* Address: To/ Grosvenor Charles Bedford Esqr/ Exchequer/
Stamped: [partial] TOL
Endorsement: 21 March 1800
MS: Bodleian Library, MS Eng. Lett. c. 23. ALS; 2p.
Previously published: Adolfo Cabral (ed.), Robert Southey: Journals of a Residence in Portugal 1800-1801 and a Visit to France 1838 (Oxford, 1960), pp. 66–67. BACK
 The central figure in ‘A Ballad Shewing How an Old Woman Rode Double and Who Rode Before Her’, Poems, 2 vols (Bristol, 1799), II, pp. –160. BACK