2936. Robert Southey to John Rickman, 8 March 1817

2936. Robert Southey to John Rickman, 8 March 1817 ⁠* 

My dear R

You will not be sorry to see that I go into the press as soon as I am out of it. [1]  – I hope you & the Capitaneus have each received the second volume. [2] 

Government are doing nothing unless they take means for effectually checking the xxxx anarchist press; – & this I am now labouring to impress upon them. [3]  But it is as difficult a task as it would be for a Physician to deal with a patient who will first taste all the medicines that are presented, & not only insist upon pleasing his palate but upon regulating the dose.

God bless you


8 March 1817


* Address: To/ John Rickman Esqre/ St Stephens Court/ New Palace Yard/ Westminster
Stamped: [partial] K
Endorsement: RS. 8 March 1817
MS: Huntington Library, RS 313. ALS; 2p.
Unpublished. BACK

[1] Southey hoped to begin printing the third volume as soon as the second volume of his History of Brazil (1810–1819) was completed. BACK

[2] Presumably of the History of Brazil (1810–1819), though this did not appear until October 1817. BACK

[3] Through Southey’s ‘Rise and Progress of Popular Disaffection’, Quarterly Review, 16 (January 1817), 511–552. BACK

People mentioned

Burney, James (1750–1821) (mentioned 1 time)