2504.1 Robert Southey to William Gifford [fragment], 25 November 1814 *
I thank you for your congratulations respecting Roderick.  As to its immediate reception, I am poor enough to need its success, – but far too proud to feel either disappointment or mortification at its failure. – It has been the work of years, & is now cast upon the waters. Be it what it may, I cannot hope to produce anything better. – My bolt is shot, at my age the faculties of the mind are mature, & tho’ not yet tending upon decay, I suspect in myself a lack of enterprize which would not have been felt a few years ago.
* MS: location of the original letter is unknown; part of the letter survives in a
transcript in an unknown hand headed ‘1814 Keswick 25th Novr/ Extract of a letter from Robert
Southey Esq to/ Wm Gifford Esq upon the publication of his poem of/ Roderick’, in National Library of Scotland, John
Murray Letter Book, 2 April 1808–13 March 1843, MS 41909, f. 3v. TR; 1p.