424. To Thomas Poole Address: Mr T. Poole | Nether Stowey | Bridgewater | Somerset MS. British Museum. Pub. E. L. G. i. 189. Postmark: 14 18<01>. Monday, Dec. 14. 1801 My dear Poole That I ought to have written to you a month ago, I feel about as strongly as it is possible you can feel. But London has upset me it is all buz buz buz with my poor Head -- & like a creature robbed of his free agency I do what I must not what I would -- I am writing for the Morning Post -- & reading in the old Libraries 2 for my curious metaphysicial Work --; but I hate London & my intention is in a week's time to go to Gunville, & from thence in a few days to proceed to you with Tom Wedgewood -- who spoke of you to me with an enthusiasm of Friendship that surprized me & brought such a gush of Tears into my eyes that I had well nigh made a fool ____________________ 1 'I took a first floor for him in King Street, Covent Garden, at my tailor's, Howell's, whose wife was a cheerful good housewife, of middle age, who I knew would nurse Coleridge as kindly as if he were her son.' Daniel Stuart, Gentleman's Magazine, May 1988, p. 487. 2 Among other books Coleridge was reading the Parmenides and the Timaeus of Plato. See Letter 459. -776- of myself in the Street. -- I am better than I could expect -- & would so much rather talk with you than write to you, that I am right glad that what I could write I shall soon be able to talk. -- It would be no unpleasant subject for a day-dream -- Davy, you, & I going into France together. -- God bless you! My best remembrances to Ward. S. T. Coleridge