2740. Robert Southey to John Rickman, 18 March 1816*
My dear R.
Here is part of a story which is very characteristic, & upon which volumes & volumes have been written.  My next chapter brings Vieyra the Jesuit upon the stage, – I have scarcely ever derived so much amusement from any book as from the fourteen volumes of his sermons;  they are r richer in historical matter than Latimers, quainter than that good old Bishop himself,  – & with a power of language which certainly never was surpassed by any writer in any age or country
RS.18 March. 1816.
 Southey was sending Rickman part of the second volume of his History of Brazil, 3 vols (London, 1810–1819). Chapter 25 (II, pp. 381–448) dealt with conflicts in Paraguay between the State, Church authorities and the Jesuits in the 1640s. BACK
 Antonio Vieira (1608–1697), Brazilian-born Jesuit, preacher and statesman. Southey introduced his activities in History of Brazil, 3 vols (London, 1810–1819), II, pp. 456–500. Vieira’s Sermõens varios, e Tratados (1679–1748) was no. 3771 in the sale catalogue of Southey’s library. They are still regarded as the supreme achievement of Portuguese prose. BACK