2868. Robert Southey to Grosvenor Charles Bedford, 29 November 1816*
Keswick. 29 Nov. 1816.
My dear G.
Secondly – know that the Grand Murray returned a summary but satisfactory reply to my remonstrance concerning his last quantum of payment.  It was a farther sum of 45 £. making thus 100 for the one article & 50 for the other: the promise of a letter in the morrow accompanied it, but that morrow is three posts ago & has not yet come. I am pleased with this issue of my remonstrance, – but not pleased that there should have been occasion for it.
Thirdly I have begun to write upon existing circumstances: & am better pleased that it should be thus ex proprio motu  than if there were any understanding in other quarters which could in the slightest degree operate as restraint. I take high ground; & shall bring heavy artillery to bear. In all likelihood it will be best to come forward in my own name, but of this, & of the publisher &c hereafter; – the title also is to be thought of – one will no doubt xxxx occur to me in due time.  So tell Herries if any more be said to him upon the subject,  to say that I am at work in my own way, – & there let that part of the business drop. It is no reason that I should sleep because they will not be awakened. I shall do my duty, – let who will be deficient; & I think some good will arise from it, – for I understand my work, & shall lay on, like Talus in Spenser  with an iron flail, – & like him in the service of justice.
In the course of five or six days I shall finish the life of Wesley for the Correspondent.  Perhaps I may enlarge it one of these days for publication in a separate volume,  – which the subject certainly deserves – & perhaps the execution.
Would that the winter were over! but this is an idle wish – for spring & summer & the next <other> winters will make little difference in my feelings, till so much time has elapsed that the past cannot be brought as it is now into contact with the present. Perhaps this is not intelligibly exprest – I mean that if that had not taken place which has, – I know at present how things would have been, – how the days would have past, – & what would have been at this time my hopes & actual enjoyments.  Some few years hence (if I should live so long) – this will not be ca the case; – & time can take nothing from me that I would not willingly part with to obtain this relief. – However if I have no spirits to spare I have enough for the ordinary calls of life, & can gird up my loins for exertion when it is needful.
Good night – I shall now go smite the Philistines. 
God bless you
* Address: To/ G. C. Bedford Esqre/ Exchequer/ Westminster
Stamped: KESWICK/ 298
Postmark: E/ 2 DE 2/ 1816
Endorsement: 29 Novr. 1816./ Mr. Murray’s answer to remonstrance
Seal: black wax, with ‘S’, ‘In Labore Quies’ motto below
MS: Bodleian Library, MS Eng. Lett. c. 25. ALS; 3p.
 See Southey to Bedford, 18 November 1816, Letter 2865. Quarterly Review, 15 (July 1816) had been published on 12 November 1816. It contained Southey’s review of Domingo Badia y Leblich (1766–1818), Travels of Ali Bey in Morocco, Tripoli, Cyprus, Egypt, Arabia, Syria, and Turkey, Between the years 1803 and 1807 (1816) at 299–345, and ‘Works on England’ at 537–574. Southey felt he had been underpaid for this work. BACK
 This pamphlet or book on the ‘State of the Nation’ was not published; Southey did, though, write on ‘Parliamentary Reform’ in Quarterly Review, 16 (October 1816), 225–278, and the ‘Rise and Progress of Popular Disaffection’ in Quarterly Review, 16 (January 1817), 511–552. BACK
 Bedford had passed on to Southey a ministerial suggestion, made via Herries, that Southey should write for, and manage, a new government-funded journal attacking radical reformers. See Southey’s letters to Grosvenor Charles Bedford, 7, 8 and 10 September 1816 (Letters 2835, 2836 and 2839). BACK
 In Edmund Spenser (c. 1552–1599; DNB), The Faerie Queene (1590–1596), Book 5, Talus is an iron man, who never sleeps, and relentlessly pursues wrongdoers: he represents justice without mercy. BACK
 In 1817 a new journal was launched, published by Longmans and edited by John Stoddart (1773–1856; DNB), who had in 1816 been dismissed from the editorship of the Times for the intemperate Toryism of his articles. It was entitled The Correspondent; Consisting of Letters, Moral, Political, and Literary, between Eminent Writers in France and England; and designed by presenting to each Nation a Faithful Picture of the Other, to Enlighten both to their True Interests, promote a Mutual Good Understanding between them, and render Peace the Source of a Common Prosperity. Southey contributed a sketch of the life of John Wesley (1703–1791; DNB) to the first two numbers (1 (1817), 26–48; and 2 (1817), 157–176). However, the Correspondent lasted only one further number. Stoddart became the editor of a new ministry-supported paper, The New Times (1817–1828). BACK