3475. Robert Southey to [Isaac D’Israeli], [3 May 1820]*
My dear Sir
Thank you for your information concerning the French Prophets. 
Should you lay your hand on such of the books relating to them as are in your possession, you would oblige me greatly by allowing me to make a few memoranda from them during my stay in town.
On Friday the 12th I shall have great pleasure in accepting your invitation.
Believe me my dear Sir
* MS: Bodleian Library, Dep.
Hughenden 246/4. ALS; 2p.
Endorsement: 3 May 1820
Previously published: C. L. Cline, ‘The Correspondence of Robert Southey and Isaac D’Israeli’, Review of English Studies, 17.65 (January 1941), 66.
Dating note: Dating is from an endorsement in another hand. Southey dined with D’Israeli on 12 May 1820; see Southey to Edith Southey, 12 [May 1820], Letter 3480.
 The ‘French Prophets’ were Protestant exiles from France who showed signs of physical convulsions and speaking in tongues during their spiritual devotions; see Southey’s The Life of John Wesley; and the Rise and Progress of Methodism, 2 vols (London, 1820), I, pp. 272–284. They caused much controversy among the early followers of John Wesley (1703–1791; DNB). BACK