3249. Robert Southey to Messrs Longman &c., 19 February 1819 *
I am now drawing fast toward the close of my long Brazilian labours. Two chapters more will compleat it, & I shall not take my hand from the work till it is done.  We may therefore I think now employ some person to make an Index, – of course the less room it occupies the better, so it be sufficient for purposes of general reference. 
Toplady & the Magazines  have proved of signal service, – the information which they have afforded has prevented me from committed some great mistakes which I could not otherwise have avoided. I shall soon return the ‘Anecdotes’  & some of the other books.
Please to procure for me, for Wesleys life,  the magazine of the New Methodists, (which is published by Button)  the minutes of their Conference,  & those of the Irish Conference.  If these, as I suppose, are published. – And in my own account let me have the common octavo of
Bewicks Fables, 
Franklins Life & Correspondence (the new octavo edition) 
& John Duntons Life & Errors  – x which I believe has been reprinted.
– One word more. Will you publish a translation of Azara’s Travels in S America (B. Ayres & Paraguay) two octavos?  – The book is amusing, & of good repute. The subject daily more likely to obtain public attention. I think my brother would like to translate it, – & I would add a few notes to point out the errors of the original, – & show him what to add from the same authors works upon the Birds & Beasts of that country. 
Yrs very truly
Keswick. 19 Feby. 1819.
 Southey was completing his History of Brazil, 3 vols (London, 1810–1819). It took him longer than expected because of the amount of material to cover, and in the published version the two concluding chapters occupied vol. III, pp. 657–879. BACK
 Longman had lent Southey the following for his work on his biography of John Wesley (1703–1791; DNB), The Life of Wesley; and the Rise and Progress of Methodism (1820): a six-volume edition of Augustus Toplady (1740–1778; DNB), Works (1794); the Arminian Magazine (1778–1797), continued as the Methodist Magazine (1798–1967), the official monthly publication of the Methodist denomination; and the Gospel Magazine (1766-present), a magazine mainly aimed at evangelical Anglicans. BACK
 Longman had lent Southey a copy of John Nichols (1745–1826; DNB), Literary Anecdotes of the Eighteenth Century (1812–1815). Southey did not return the book; see Southey to Longman, 7 May 1819, Letter 3291. See also no. 2034 in the sale catalogue of his library. BACK
 Southey’s request probably stemmed from information in The Monthly Repository of Theology and General Literature, 13 (February 1818), 145, on publications by the New Connexion, which had broken away from Methodism in 1797. BACK
 The New Methodist Magazine (1812–1832), a continuation of The Methodist Magazine; or Evangelical Repository (1798–1811). This paper was distributed in London by the firm of William Button (1754–1821), a Baptist Minister and bookseller. It was the official magazine of the New Connexion. BACK
 The Irish Methodists held annual conferences from 1782 onwards, but the proceedings were only occasionally published, e.g. Minutes of Several Conversations between the Methodist Preachers in Ireland in a Conference begun in Dublin on the 13 July 1804 (1804). BACK
 The engraver Thomas Bewick (1753–1828; DNB) had begun publishing illustrated editions of fables in the 1770s. The volume Southey requested was possibly an edition of Bewick’s The Fables of Aesop and Others, first published in 1818. BACK
 The Life and Errors of John Dunton, Citizen of London (1818), no. 873 in the sale catalogue of Southey’s library. This was a work by the bookseller and author, John Dunton (1659–1733; DNB), first published in 1705. BACK
 Felix Manuel de Azara (1742–1821), Voyages dans l’Amérique Méridionale Depuis 1781, Jusqu’en 1801 (1805), no. 90 in the sale catalogue of Southey’s library. Tom Southey did not translate this work. BACK