3025. Robert Southey to [John Baker Holroyd, 1st Earl of Sheffield], 30 September 1817*
Keswick. 30th Sept. 1817
I return the papers which I had the pleasure of receiving from your Lordship on Sunday evening: – they are under four covers.  The details are very interesting. More enterprize & more ability were displayed by the Catalans than by any other part of the Spanish nation, – & this was to be expected from the character which they have always maintained.
I have the honour to be
with great respect
your Lordships obliged & faithful servant
 To aid Southey’s researches towards his History of the Peninsular War (1823–1832), Sheffield had supplied him with papers from the British campaign in Iberia, mainly from his son-in-law, General Sir William Henry Clinton (1769–1846; DNB), commander of the 1st Division in Spain 1812–1813 and commander-in-chief of British forces in eastern Spain 1813–1814. BACK