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The Life and Correspondence of Robert Southey
Robert Southey to Grosvenor C. Bedford, 9 June 1811

Vol. I Contents
Early Life: I
Early Life: II
Early Life: III
Early Life: IV
Early Life: V
Early Life: VI
Early Life: VII
Early Life: VIII
Early Life: IX
Early Life: X
Early Life: XI
Early Life: XII
Early Life: XIII
Early Life: XIV
Early Life: XV
Early Life: XVI
Early Life: XVII
Ch. I. 1791-93
Ch. II. 1794
Ch. III. 1794-95
Ch. IV. 1796
Ch. V. 1797
Vol. II Contents
Ch. VI. 1799-1800
Ch. VII. 1800-1801
Ch. VIII. 1801
Ch. IX. 1802-03
Ch. X. 1804
Ch. XI. 1804-1805
Vol. III Contents
Ch. XII. 1806
Ch. XIII. 1807
Ch. XIV. 1808
Ch. XV. 1809
Ch. XVI. 1810-1811
Ch. XVII. 1812
Vol. IV Contents
Ch. XVIII. 1813
Ch. XIX. 1814-1815
Ch. XX. 1815-1816
Ch. XXI. 1816
Ch. XXII. 1817
Ch. XXIII. 1818
Ch. XXIV. 1818-1819
Vol. IV Appendix
Vol. V Contents
Ch. XXV. 1820-1821
Ch. XXVI. 1821
Ch. XXVII. 1822-1823
Ch. XXVIII. 1824-1825
Ch. XXIX. 1825-1826
Ch. XXX. 1826-1827
Ch. XXXI. 1827-1828
Vol. V Appendix
Vol. VI Contents
Ch. XXXII. 1829
Ch. XXXIII. 1830
Ch. XXXIV. 1830-1831
Ch. XXXV. 1832-1834
Ch. XXXVI. 1834-1836
Ch. XXXVII. 1836-1837
Ch. XXXVIII. 1837-1843
Vol. VI Appendix
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“Keswick, June 9. 1811.
“My dear Grosvenor,

“I completed the Register last night. Its enormous length has cost me at least three months’ labour more than the former volume, the whole of which is dead loss of the only capital I possess in the world. This is considerably inconvenient; half that time would have sufficed for the Life of Nelson, the other half have set me forward for the next three numbers of the Quarterly. My ways and means, therefore, are considerably deranged. . . . .

“So —— lectures to-morrow upon the Curse of Kehama! I like for the same reason for which Dr. Johnson liked Mrs. Mary Cobb. ‘I love Moll,’ said he; ‘I love Moll Cobb for her impudence.’ I like ——, however, for something else; for though he is
impudentissimus homo and the very emperor of coxcombs, yet, nevertheless, —— —— is an honest fellow, and has a good heart. He is a clever fellow, too, in the midst of his quackery. And so partly because I like him for the aforesaid reasons, partly because half an hour’s conversation with him will afford mirth for half a year afterwards, I will certainly call upon —— when I go to town, and shake hands with him once more. Ah,
Grosvenor I people may say what they will about good company, or what Sharpe, more suo, denominates the ‘very best’ society,—the ‘very best,’—there is no company like that of an odd fellow whom you can laugh with and laugh at, and laugh about, till your eyes overflow with the very oil of gladness.

“God bless you!

R. S.”