2975. Robert Southey to John Rickman, 11 April 1817 *
My dear R.
The first proofs of my tender Epistle  arrived this evening. I shall not send them back till the conclusion comes, & they shall not be struck off without Turners imprimatur. I shall take away the roughness in some places for the purpose of leaving a finer edge. Let him pity himself, – it is fit that he should – Quisque suæ fortunæ Faber,  – it is his own doing.
I leave home on Monday, & mount the mail for London, from my brothers  on Tuesday 22d. We leave London, if Nash should be ready, on the 1st of May. Remember me to Mrs R & forget not that I shall return in July to receive you as soon as you are set free.
God bless you
Keswick 11 April. 1817.
* Address: To/ John Rickman Esqre/ St Stephens
Court/ New Palace Yard/ Westminster
Stamped: KESWICK/ 298
Postmark: FREE/ 15 AP 15/ 1817
Endorsement: RS./ 31 April 1817
MS: Huntington Library, RS 318. ALS; 2p.
 The firm of printsellers and art dealers at Cockspur Street, Charing Cross, headed by Paul Colnaghi (1751–1833; DNB). They helped arrange the transport of the books Southey bought in Milan in 1817. BACK