2886. Robert Southey to John Rickman, 23 December *
My dear R.
I have made a proper arrangement with Murray, which enables me to make use of old materials, – & moreover he requests that part of the new ones may be served up in his next number. – This is very convenient – & I am hard at work accordingly 
There are men past all reach of hellebore – I have a letter from one who maintains that the attack upon the gunsmiths was accidental,  – & that our only danger is from arbitrary power! – Ought not the whip to be laid on lustily?
 Southey planned, but did not write, a book on the ‘State of the Nation’, which would make use of some material that had already appeared in the Quarterly Review; some of the material appeared in ‘Rise and Progress of Popular Disaffection’, Quarterly Review, 16 (January 1817), 511–552. BACK
 Hellebore was an ancient remedy for insanity – Southey means that anyone who held this view must be incurably deranged. On 2 December 1816 part of the crowd at a meeting at Spa Fields, London, broke away and attempted to storm the Tower of London and the Bank of England and instigate a revolution; they raided a gunshop en route and a bystander was shot and wounded. BACK