2711. Robert Southey to John Rickman, 9 February 1816*
My dear R.
Thank you for the plan of the Battle.  I should judge the scale too small, – or the positions incorrect. It makes the breadth of the battle, from Hougoumont to Papelote two miles, – my legs made it <nearly> three.  At a four miles-an-hour pace I was an hour & half walking from one place to the other & back, – minuting the time for the sake purpose of estimating the distance.
I write in the next Quarterly (not that <with> which ofxxxx the press is [MS torn] in gestation) upon the Poor, – or rather upon what has been do[MS torn] is doing, & remains to be done for improving their condition, & lessening the sum of evil that exists among them – a paper upon real practicable reform – versus the reformers. The poor laws I leave alone, respectfully in ignorance. But when your time is come, to attack them I shall comprehend your views will serve a battery for you with all zeal & diligence. 
God bless you
RS.9 Feby. 1816.
* Address: To/ John Rickman Esqre/ St Stephens Court/ New
Palace Yard/ Westminster
Stamped: KESWICK/ 298
Postmark: FREE/ 12 FE 12/ 1816
Endorsement: 9 Febry 1816
MS: Huntington Library, RS 265. ALS; 2p.