3022. Robert Southey to Henry Herbert Southey, 5 September 1817

3022. Robert Southey to Henry Herbert Southey, 5 September 1817⁠* 

My dear Harry

I have written to Haygarth [1] ; – & shall inclose the letter for which he enquires as soon as Rickman, whom I daily expect, arrives to frank it.

At present I have a strong appetite for getting on in good earnest with the Peninsular war; [2]  the introductory chapter is before me, & as soon as this is ready I shall forthwith dispatch it to the press, having enough done in immediate sequence afterwards to keep the printers at work for two or three months. And when it is once set a going the wheels will roll on smoothly.

My travelling dress by the great ingenuity of John Cockbain [3]  has this day reappeared in all its original beauty. – How is Gooch’s wife? Do not forget to answer this question.

Love to Louisa

God bless you


5 Sept. 1817


* Address: To/ Dr Southey/ Queen Anne Street/ Cavendish Square/ London
Stamped: KESWICK/ 298
Postmark: E/ 8 SE 8/ 1817
Seal: red wax; arm raising aloft cross of Lorraine
MS: Bodleian Library, MS Don. d. 4. ALS; 2p.
Unpublished. BACK

[1] William Haygarth (1784–1825), poet and travel writer, son of the physician, John Haygarth (1740–1827; DNB). BACK

[2] Southey’s History of the Peninsular War, 3 vols (1823–1832), I, pp. 3–62. BACK

[3] John Cockbain (1786–1873), Keswick draper and tailor. BACK

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