2772. Robert Southey to John Rickman, 26 April 1816 *
My dear R.
I inclose proof of occupation.  – In the last four days I have written more than a sheet of the Q Review,  & made ready three sheets of the Hist. of Brazil,  – besides some other things. – It is impossible to comprize this history in two volumes, – unless I had given the mere caput mortuum  of results, & abstaind from all detail. But I shall hasten on, get the second out in ten or twelve weeks from this time, & proceed with the third instanter, so as not to let the press stand.  This current chapter is a curious one, – the first strong contest in which the Jesuits were engaged in S America. 
I am gaining strength, – & we are in all respects as well as possible under so sore an affliction. It is impossible that any parent could have been blest with a child more entirely in all things after his own heart, – you may judge therefore of the extent of my loss. Were I not assured that these privations are only for a time I could not support it: in that assurance I look back without regret & forward without repining; – rather indeed with thankfulness & with hope.
Remember me to Mrs R. Remember also that we look for you when your holy days arrive
God bless you
26 April. 1816
* Address: John Rickman Esqre// St Stephens Court/ New Palace Yard/
Stamped: KESWICK/ 298
Postmark: FREE/ 29 AP 29/ 1816
Seal: black wax, with ‘S’, ‘In Labore Quies’ motto below
Endorsement: 26 April 1816
MS: Huntington Library, RS 278. ALS; 2p.
 Gifford made room for Southey in the next issue of the Quarterly Review, 15 (April 1816), 1–69, where he published Southey’s review of a series of memoirs of the French Revolutionary wars, including the royalist rising in La Vendée, 1793–1796. BACK