IN THE DEPTHS March 1813--March 1816
WE do not know whether Coleridge went to the seaside in the spring of 1813. Early in March a gentleman in black was found hanging from a tree in Hyde Park. He was moneyless and paperless, but on him was a shirt marked with Coleridge's name. Coleridge read of it in a coffee-house newspaper, and was not surprised. He never travelled without losing a shirt or two. Southey laughed too much to be vexed. No doubt people would say that it was Coleridge himself, but that he was cut down in time, and his friends said it was some one else, to cover up the truth.1 An entire failure of preserved letters from Coleridge between February and September is probably ominous. At some time this year he came to Salt Hill to tend Allston, who was ill there, and brought with him Dr. Tuthill, one of the doctors whom he later claims to have himself 'tricked'.2 In August Dorothy heard that the Morgans had 'smashed', and were coming with Coleridge to Keswick.
A melancholy business--coming with them and would not come to see his children! No plans laid for H! I foresee nothing but jealousies and discomforts.
Coleridge, however, did not come. Southey, who visited town in September, met him more than once, and took him to call upon Mme de Staël, who summed up the impressions left upon many by his conversation in the trenchant phrase, 'Pourtant, pour M. Coleridge, il est tout à fait un monologue.' Poole also saw him in London. He promised to accompany Southey on his return, but failed him. He must go to Bristol, to give a course of lectures, but would come at Christmas.3
By 21 October Coleridge was in fact in Bristol, at the____________________