Robert Southey to William Hone, 26 April, 1830

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Robert Southey to William Hone, 26 April, 1830.1-TEI-

26 Apr. 1830

Your letter has given me both pain & pleasure. I am sorry to learn that you are still — in the worldly sense of the word, an unfortunate man, & that you are withdrawn from pursuits which were consonant to your habits & inclinations, & that a public expression of respect & good will, made in the hope that it might have been serviceable to you, can have no such effect.

Then I observed your autograph on the little book. I wrote to enquire of Mr. Major whether it has come to his hands from you, directly or indirectly, for any use, that in that case I might thank you for it. It proved otherwise, but I would not lose an opportunity which I had wished for.

It is the want of charity which makes men unjust in their judgements of each other. That there will come a time when justice will be rendered to all, & we shall be judged rather according to which we have endeavoured, or defered to do, than for what we have done.

The little parcel which you mention I shall receive with pleasure. And when I may be next in London, I will seek for you, that I may have the satisfaction of shaking you by the hand.

Wishing you success in your present undertaking, whatever it be; & that you may one day, under happier circumstances, resume a pen which has of late years been so meritoriously employed.

I remain Dear Sir
Yours with sincere good will
Robert Southey
British Library, Add. MS 40120, ff. 345-46. A more detailed account of the place of this letter in the context of the Hone/Southey relationship is available in the accompanying Conversation narrative. [return]
Robert Southey. Date: 2014-04-24