1684. Robert Southey to John Rickman, 22 September [1809]

1684. Robert Southey to John Rickman, 22 September [1809] ⁠* 

My dear Rickman

I was about to fold up these the concluding Chapters under cover to Perceval, [1]  – when it occurred to me that he might no longer be in Spain by this time. Where you are, or where the Emperor [2]  is I know not: but this will find him, & if when it finds you, you have not the Emperor at hand to frank it on, – send it in to Bedford, – & he will devise some means of getting a name potential on the cover.

RevdH. Hill

Staunton-upon Wye


I am putting together the additional notes & the Bibliographical Appendix.

Has Aaron seen the maps to Azaras Voyage? [3] 

I have lost all hope of seeing you this year – & am now not sorry for the disappointment (were it not for the cause) – for our weather having been uninterruptedly bad for the last six weeks.

Duppa will be here for three days next week.

I begin to be impatient for the black letter title page. You I hope will think my book as good as the subject admits of. The next volume will be more interesting, & (I hope) less laborious than this has proved. [4] 



Friday Sept. 22.


* Address: To/ John Rickman Esqr.
Endorsement: From/ RS./ 22 Septr. 1809
MS: Huntington Library, RS 145. ALS; 2p.
Unpublished. BACK

[1] The first volume of Southey’s History of Brazil, published in 1810. BACK

[2] A nickname for the Speaker of the House of Commons, Charles Abbott, who had the power to frank mail. Rickman, his secretary, used this facility on Southey’s behalf. BACK

[3] Felix Manuel de Azara (1742–1821), Voyages dans l’Amerique Meridionale depuis 1781, jusqu’ en 1801 (1809), no. 90 in the sale catalogue of Southey’s library. BACK

[4] The second volume of Southey’s History of Brazil was published in 1817. BACK

Places mentioned

Staunton on Wye (mentioned 1 time)