2773. Robert Southey to John Murray, 27 April 1816

2773. Robert Southey to John Murray, 27 April 1816⁠* 

Keswick. 27 April 1816

My dear Sir

I thank you sincerely for your very friendly letter. My loss has indeed been heavy; [1]  – you may suppose what my wishes respecting a son would be, & in this child all those wishes were realized to their utmost extent. The only consolation is to be found in that firm & habitual religious feeling for which I thank God more than for all the other blessings which he has bestowed upon me. – During the progress of the disease I was entirely incapable of withdrawing my mind from the one object which almost overpowered it. Now that the event is over I seek relief, & find it, in various & continued exertion.

The La Vendee article [2]  is nearly compleated, & if Jeffrey have written one upon the same subject, so much the better. [3]  Upon that, & upon every subject which we may happen both to take in hand, he will neither possess half the information which I have acquired, nor bring to it half the power, much of which consists in a steady principle & a proper state of mind. I have read carefully every book which you sent me respecting La Vendée, & have found every one of them useful.

The subjects which you propose are all excellent, – & for three of them – the foreign Travellers in England, – the Poor, – & George 3 – I have begun my Collections. [4]  – the Poor you shall have for the next number, – & one such article I shall be very glad to supply for every number in succession, as long as you may think them worthy of such a price. I need not tell you that they will be executed totis viribus, [5]  & that as I shall xxx touch upon no subject without a competent knowledge of it, the effect which it may produce must depend more <mainly> upon the subject itself. Also

Believe me my dear Sir

yrs very truly

Robert Southey


* Endorsement: 1816 May 27/ Southey Robt
MS: National Library of Scotland, MS 42551. ALS; 2p.
Unpublished. BACK

[1] Herbert, Southey’s son, had died on 17 April 1816. BACK

[2] Southey reviewed in the Quarterly Review, 15 (April 1816), 1–69, a series of memoirs of the French Revolutionary wars, including that in La Vendée, 1793–1796. BACK

[3] Jeffrey also reviewed works on La Vendée in Edinburgh Review, 26 (February 1816), 1–56. BACK

[4] In Quarterly Review, 15 (July 1816), 537–574, Southey reviewed a series of works by travellers in England, under the title ‘Works on England’. His ‘On the Poor’ appeared in the Quarterly Review, 15 (April 1816), 187–235. He did not review John Aikin, Annals of the Reign of King George III (1816), no. 20 in the sale catalogue of Southey’s library. BACK

[5] ‘With all my powers’. BACK

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