2145. Robert Southey to John May, 16 September 1812

2145. Robert Southey to John May, 16 September 1812 ⁠* 

Sept. 16. 1812. Keswick

My dear friend

I trouble you with one more inclosure for Bahia, in reply to a Portugueze letter which tells what the Consul at Bahia [1]  did not, that the books were sent to me by <design of> the Conde dos Arcos. [2]  I have sent back one of my quarto Madocs; [3]  – its typographical beauty will be understood, & it will hold a respectable place upon the shelves of the Public Library, with a fair chance of remaining in good preservation, as long as the [MS torn] of the country may please to permit.

Our little Bertha has had an attack of bilious fever which has reduced her very much. She is however now on the recovery. God be thanked.

The Muratori arrived, – alas it is not the book which I expected. I understood it to be his Collection, & it proves to be his Annals. [4]  Nevertheless it is an important book, & one which I am not sorry to have at hand in such condition & at such a price.

believe me

yrs most affectionately

R Southey.

Harry will be town next week.


* Address: [in another hand] Rhuabon Septr nineteen 1812/ John May Esqre/ Richmond/ Surry/ CW Williams Wynn
Postmark: FREE/21SE21/1812; [partial] Clock/ SE.21/ 1812F.N.n
Watermark [partial]: lower part of anchor/ 1806
Endorsement: No. 163 1812/ Robert Southey/ Keswick 16th Sep./ recd. 21st do/ ansd. 24th Nov
MS: Harry Ransom Humanities Research Center, University of Texas, Austin. ALS; 4p.
Previously published: Charles Ramos, The Letters of Robert Southey to John May: 1797–1838 (Austin, Texas, 1976), p. 126. BACK

[1] The diplomat Frederick Lindeman (dates unknown), who had taken up his post at Bahia in 1810. BACK

[2] Marcos de Noronha e Brito, Conde dos Arcos (1771–1828), Governor General of Bahia 30 September 1810–26 January 1818. He had sent: Manuel Calado do Salvador (1584–1654), Valeroso Lucideno e o Triunfo da Liberdade (1648), a first-hand account of northern Brazil during the period of Dutch rule in 1630–1654; and a copy of José de Anchieta (1534–1597), Arte de Grammatica da Lingoa mais Usada na Costa do Brasil (1595). This was no. 1530 in the sale catalogue of Southey’s library, inscribed by him: ‘This singularly rare and curious book was sent to me from the Public Library of Bahia de Todos, or Santos, by desire of the Conde des Arcos, then Governor of that Captaincy.’ BACK

[3] The 1805 edition of Madoc. Southey had asked Longman to have the copy bound ‘respectably in Russia’ (i.e., Russia leather: a fine leather, originally prepared in Russia, made from calfskin and impregnated with birchbark oil); see Southey to Herbert Hill, 2 September 1811, Letter 1946. BACK

[4] Lodovico Antonio Muratori (1672–1750), Annali d’Italia dal Principio dell’era Volgare sino all’anno 1750 (1786), no. 1894 in the sale catalogue of Southey’s library. The book he really wanted was the Rerum Italicarum Scriptores, Ab. Anno 500 Ad Annum 1500, 36 vols (1723–70). Southey later did manage to obtain a copy, no. 1922 in the sale catalogue of his library; see Southey to John May, 14 August 1812 (Letter 2134) and 28 August 1812 (Letter 2139). BACK

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