3647. Robert Southey to Messrs Longman and Co., 7 March 1821
3647. Robert Southey to Messrs Longman and Co., 7 March 1821*
Keswick, March 7. 1821.
Among the numerous applications which are made to me for assistance, possible or impossible, upon all kinds of subjects, one has just arrived on behalf of a poor compositor,  who believes that a recommendation from you to any of your printers may obtain him employment, and thereby save his family from beggary and ruin. His story is simply this: that, having been employed twenty years in one office, he has been discharged in consequence of the introduction of the stereotype;  and because he is not known in any other office, he cannot get employment.
How far any patronage of this kind is in your power, I of course am ignorant; but I cannot do otherwise than thus state the matter to you. If you can thus assist one who is represented to me as a worthy man, I dare say you will, and in that case I will beg you to communicate your kind intention by a line to either of the two Westalls,  who are both very much interested about him. His name is Christie. Believe me,
Yours very truly,
* MS: MS untraced; text is taken from
John Wood Warter (ed.), Selections from the Letters of Robert
Southey, 4 vols (London, 1856)
Previously published: John Wood Warter (ed.), Selections from the Letters of Robert Southey, 4 vols (London, 1856), ), III, pp. 234–235. BACK
 A form of printing that used a solid metal plate of type, rather than a page forme containing individual pieces of metal type. It thus saved printers time and money. BACK
 The artists Richard Westall (1765–1836; DNB), and his half-brother William Westall. BACK