724. Robert Southey to George Dyer, 5 October 1802

724. Robert Southey to George Dyer, 5 October 1802 ⁠* 

Dear Dyer

I have wanted an opportunity of safely sending the pai money for Estlin & Beddoes. [1]  Coates [2]  is abroad – & I can only leave the books for him.

I have been lately in South Wales, looking out a habitation for myself – for wanting now, thank God a nursery as well as a library a home is become more desirable than ever. I am treating for one near Neath – in a lovely situation, where it is my hope to learn Welsh whether I like it or no. This journey & other avocations of business have taken up enough of my time to hurry me. I have a long lee way to fetch up – & no scruple at sending a scrawl like this when it goes post free.

Remember me to Lamb & his sister. poor Burnett is returned to town. I have not seen him.

God bless you –

yrs truly tho briefly

Robert Southey.

October 5. 1802. Kingsdown.



* Address: To/ George Dyer/ Cliffords Inn
Seal: [trace] red wax
Endorsement: Robt Southey/ 5th Octr. 1802
MS: Letters and Documents Collection, Special Collections Department, Bryn Mawr College Library. ALS; 2p. (c).
Unpublished. BACK

[1] Southey had delivered their copies of Dyer’s Poems and Critical Essays (1802). BACK

[2] William Coates (dates unknown), was a Clifton resident. He was known to Davy and Coleridge and was a subscriber to a number of Bristol literary works. His brother was Matthew Mills Coates (d. 1819) of the law firm Morgan and Coates, Small St, Bristol. Both brothers were radicals and may have been related to John Prior Estlin’s first wife, Mary Coates (1753-1783). BACK

People mentioned

Beddoes, Thomas (1760–1808) (mentioned 1 time)
Lamb, Charles (1775–1834) (mentioned 1 time)
Lamb, Mary Anne (1764–1847) (mentioned 1 time)

Places mentioned