3025. Robert Southey to [John Baker Holroyd, 1st Earl of Sheffield], 30 September 1817

3025. Robert Southey to [John Baker Holroyd, 1st Earl of Sheffield], 30 September 1817⁠* 

Keswick. 30th Sept. 1817

My Lord

I return the papers which I had the pleasure of receiving from your Lordship on Sunday evening: – they are under four covers. [1]  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

My Lord

with great respect

your Lordships obliged & faithful servant

Robert Southey.


Notes

* MS: Beinecke Library, Osborn MSS File ‘S’, Folder 14158. ALS; 1p.
Unpublished. BACK

[1] 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

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