2778. Robert Southey to John Rickman, 3 May 1816

2778. Robert Southey to John Rickman, 3 May 1816 ⁠* 

My dear R.

I work sedulously, walk regularly, & am as well as any man can be under so severe an affliction. [1] 

It is time to remember the map & send it to Arrowsmith for completion. [2]  This I will do speedily. Unluckily he has mislaid the last map which I sent [MS torn] thro you, of – a Portugueze Colonels map of his journey from Maranham to Rio Janeiro, publishd at that city; [3]  – & he does not remember ever having received it, – a provoking piece of carelessness whereby I lose my map & he loses the advantage of a valuable document.

I write to hurry Pople, & mean to get out my second volume in eight or ten weeks, if no unforeseen evil should impede me.


3 May. 1816


* Address: John Rickman Esqre// St Stephens Court/ New Palace Yard/ Westminster
Stamped: KESWICK/ 298
Postmark: FREE/ 6 MY 6/ 1816
Seal: black wax, with ‘S’, ‘In Labore Quies’ motto below
Endorsement: 3 May 1816
MS: Huntington Library, RS 279. ALS; 2p.
Unpublished. BACK

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

[2] The map for the second volume of Southey’s History of Brazil (1810–1819). BACK

[3] Sebastiao Gomes da Silva Berford (1780–1825), Mappa Geographico da Capitania do Maranhao e de Parte das Capitanas Circundantes Para (1810). For its transmission to Arrowsmith, see Southey to John Rickman, 3 May 1815, The Collected Letters of Robert Southey. Part Four, Letter 2593. BACK

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