1288. Robert Southey to Grosvenor Charles Bedford, 15 March 1807
1288. Robert Southey to Grosvenor Charles Bedford, 15 March 1807 *
You will do as you think best about Errata  – I had given up the thoughts of any in utter despair, for to enumerate all would I believe fill a whole sheet & to give only a short list when they are so out of all numeration would be impudent. Not to mention that in most instances the emendation can only be conjectural, & in many the blunder is so great that it leaves no ground even for a guess. here follow some which are in the prose-work –
|Vol 1.||361–||for Werter –||read –||Winter|
|444 –||– have||has|
|V 3 –||150 –||descended –||ascended|
|269 –||to be||too|
|423 – line 1||– was –||is|
|434 – Do 1||– made –||make –|
& in the account of Glover  bad language should have been bald language – see how these printers contrive to murder ones meaning!
I gave no directions about sending you a copy – because I conceive you entitled to as many as you please – & to half the profits of the book, be that what it may – (i-e- half the Editors profits, who also <& therefore> one fourth of the whole) be it xxx between three & four pound like the remuneration of Madoc – or between one & two thousand like the guerdon of Walter Scotts Lay  – ‘Oh sweet guerdon – better than Remuneration’ 
I do not think it was necessary to cancel the 2d sheet of the Preface – but am not sorry it is done. About Amhurst you have seen my opinion  – I wish it had not been there – tho its <it> is certainly offensive only in its subject, it may stand. But Ld Chesterfields wit, & the grossness of Gildon & Hinchcliffe must out.  I would rather see my name nailed upon the gallows, than prefixed to a book containing them. And that doleful blunder about Wartons Sonnet  will cost two leaves – that was a dismal oversight indeed. – Have you look Your second Catalogue is as defective as the rest of the book – not half – not a tithe of the Academical titles are specified. But if I were to find out all the abominations of the books I should make you waste like a Newmarket jockey in training
You tell me nothing about Horace. I was very serious in the advice I gave you about him, whatever you may have thought, – & am fully persuaded that there is nothing else to be done.  – It would rejoice me to hear you had found a house – once settled & you will find that you have lost little. Shall I give you an example of true philosophy? – My daughter has this day lost her two cousins  – After staring a little when they were gone, & she understood they were not to come back – I can xxxxxx xxxxx play by myself – said she. Presently she began to rejoice at the thoughts that Daniel would come in the evening – (a playmate of Derwents) – but hearing also that he would not come – she answered after another pause – I can do without him.
Well said my true daughter!
God bless you
Sunday March 15. 1807.
* Address: To/G. C. Bedford Esqr
Endorsement: 15 March 1807
MS: Bodleian Library, Eng. Lett. c. 24. ALS; 4p.
Previously published: John Wood Warter (ed.), Selections from the Letters of Robert Southey, 4 vols (London, 1856), I, pp. 421–423 [in part]. BACK
 Richard Glover (1712–1785; DNB) is discussed in the third volume of Southey’s and Bedford’s Specimens of the Later English Poets, 3 vols (London, 1807), p. 329. BACK
 The Lay of the Last Minstrel (1805) went through six editions in three years and sold 27000 copies in ten years. BACK
 Nicholas Amhurst (1697–1742; DNB), a poet and political writer, who published the satirical Terræ Filius; or, the Secret History of the University of Oxford (1726). A selection from his works is featured in the Specimens of the Later English Poets, I, pp. 394–398. For Southey’s opinion, see Southey to Grosvenor Charles Bedford, 2 January 1807, Letter 1255. BACK
 Philip Dormer Stanhope, 4th Earl of Chesterfield (1694–1773; DNB), Charles Gildon (1665–1723; DNB) and William Hinchcliffe (1692–1742); see Southey to Grosvenor Charles Bedford, 14 March 1807, Letter 1286. BACK
 For Southey’s advice regarding Horace Bedford, see Southey to Grosvenor Charles Bedford, 2 February 1807, Letter 1270. BACK
 Derwent and Sara Coleridge. Sarah Coleridge had gone to join her husband and Hartley, who were on their way to Devon. BACK