3652. Robert Southey to Messrs Longman &c, 14 March 1821
3652. Robert Southey to Messrs Longman &c, 14 March 1821*
Keswick. 14 March. 1821
Herewith you will receive “the Expedition of Orsua & the Crimes of Lope de Aguirre”.  There was no hope of obtaining Oviedo y Baños,  & therefore it was useless to delay it longer on that account.
If you print it like the Life of Nelson  it will make a volume of about 250 pages. The whole copy is sent, & patched & pieced as it is the compositor will find little difficulty in putting every thing in its proper place.
When you announce it, it may be well to say, “the Crimes & Adventures of Lope de Aguirre form one of the most dramatic episodes in the history of the Spanish conquests.”
The proofs may come to me thro Mr Rickman.
Yrs very truly
* Address: To/ Messrs Longman &c –
Endorsement: Southeys/ Expedition of Orgua/ & the Crimes of Lope/ Arguirre
MS: Pforzheimer Collection, New York Public Library, B’ANA 0691. ALS; 2p.
 Southey’s The Expedition of Orsua; and the Crimes of Aguirre (1821), originally intended to be part of the History of Brazil (1810–1819) and first published in Edinburgh Annual Register, for 1810, 3.2 (1812), i–l. BACK
 José de Oviedo y Baños (1671–1738), Historia de la Conquista y Población de la Provincia de Venezuela (1723). Southey did eventually obtain a copy, no. 3605 in the sale catalogue of his library. BACK
 In duodecimo, like the format of the second edition of Southey’s Life of Nelson (1814). The Expedition of Orsua (1821) was published in duodecimo, but it only ran to 215 pages. BACK
 Alexander von Humboldt (1769–1859), Personal Narrative of Travels to the Equinoctial Regions of the New Continent, During the Years 1790–1804, 6 vols (London, 1814–1826), IV, p. 192, no. 1463 in the sale catalogue of Southey’s library. Longman used this quotation as the basis for its advertising; see, for example, Gentleman’s Magazine, 91 (March 1821), 255. BACK