Robert Southey to Grosvenor Charles Bedford, 24 April 1812My dear Grosvenor
One of the inclosed letters will give you Coleridges direction, – he is in a more accessible position than his late one at Hammersmith. The other conveys certain questions to Blanco concerning events at Seville & Cadiz, upon which I want information which he can give me.
I live in hope of seeing you & the Master of the Rolls also this summer. If you travel leisurely & wish to see all the sights on they way, be sure to make Ludlow in your course, – one of the prettiest places in England, – the Castle is the finest ruin of its kind in the island.
You will soon have another book of Pelayo. I am disposed to give more time to it, from a suspicion that it might go on better if it went on faster._____
This envelope has laid open <about> an hour since the above was written, waiting for Mrs C. epistle. And during that hour the I have had glorious dreams of Pelayo – which will speedily take a substantial form. I was just come to an important part of the road, where all was dark before me, – & now the light shines. Huzza! there is a pleasure in these things above that of getting a good prize in the lottery, – & it is well that I think so. So Good night Grosvenor, for by the Lord I am in the humour of writing some verses before supper, & will not baulk for the best per sheet-age that ever tempted poor poet to devote himself to prose.RS.
Friday. April 24. 1812.