Robert Southey (1774–1843)
In 1795 Wordsworth was pleased to be invited to become a tenant at Racedown Lodge in Dorset. The property belonged to John Pretor Pinney, a Bristol sugar merchant. The offer required Wordsworth to act as host for occasional visits by John Frederick and Azariah Pinney, John Pinney’s two sons, and to supervise the activities of Basil Montagu. Wordsworth had already lived with Basil for a short time in London, and he did not hesitate to agree to the stipulated responsibilities. (The rental fee was waived.) He thus was able, with minimal financial expense, to expand his circle of acquaintances to include Robert Southey, whom he met in Bristol (September 1795).
KeywordsSugar Expense Opium Verse Milton
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