2182. Robert Southey to John Murray, 24 November 1812

2182. Robert Southey to John Murray, 24 November 1812 ⁠* 

Keswick. Nov. 24. 1812.

My dear Sir

The Spirit is moving me strongly toward the Book of the Church, [1]  with which I shall make rapid progress as soon as Nelson [2]  is thro the press. There is a history of the <English> Catholics by Dodd [3]  which I wish you could procure for me, as I have reason to think it would afford me some materials. I do not know the exact title of the book, & x but it is a well-known book among the Catholics.

I hope my article upon the poor [4]  will be in time. It is so far advanced that I shall send off the greater part of it by the end of the week. I went to it with fear & trembling, – but shall not get thro it the worse for this sense of the importance of the subject.

There is copy of Nelson ready, which I can frank up if Mr Abbott should be re-elected Speaker. [5]  The papers throw some doubt upon this, – if he should not may I inclose it to Mr Croker? The manuscript will be as nearly as possible of the extent I calculated. – Would it not give the book an additional interest to have the words Horatio Nelson under the portrait given in a facsimile of his own writing? [6] 

Believe me my dear Sir

yrs very truly

Robert Southey.

Send me when you have an opportunity young Mr Downmans poem, [7]  which his father is very desirous that I should see.


* Address: To/ Mr Murray/ Albermale Street/ London.
Stamped: KESWICK/ 298
Postmark: E/ 27 NO 27/ 1812
Watermark: C WILMOTT/ 1807
Endorsement: 1812 Novr 24 Keswick/ Southey R –
MS: National Library of Scotland, MS 42550. ALS; 3p.
Unpublished. BACK

[1] Southey’s Book of the Church (1824). BACK

[2] Life of Nelson (1813). BACK

[3] Hugh Tootell [pseud. Charles Dodd] (1671/2–1743), The Church History of England, from 1500 to 1688. Chiefly with Regard to Catholics (1737–1742). BACK

[4] The first of a series of Southeyan articles on the poor appeared in the Quarterly Review, 8 (December 1812), 319–356. BACK

[5] Abbot was re-elected following the 1812 General Election. BACK

[6] This was not done in the first edition of 1813. BACK

[7] A son of the first marriage of the painter John Downman (1750–1824; DNB). He had served with Wellington and published his volume of poems anonymously; see Southey to Tom Southey, 24 February 1813, Letter 2224. BACK

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