3082. Robert Southey to John Rickman, 25 February 1818

3082. Robert Southey to John Rickman, 25 February 1818⁠* 

Wednesday 25 Feby. 1818

My dear R.

I send you the proofs which have just reached me. [1]  Make minor alterations in pencil, & any longer ones on a separate paper, & I will transfer them to their proper place. Perhaps I have been over-scrupulous in not sending the first half to the press, – however there is no harm done, by erring on this side, – & your answer will soon be here.

In these sheets you will see that nothing is added but mere garnish. Your labours have given me a sort of holy day from the review, which has been turned to excellent account for Brazil. I shall soon be half thro the volume, – & if no calamity should intervene shall surely compleat it in the course of the summer. [2]  Of course now that the goal is in view, – I push on the more willingly, – like a horse when after a long journey, he finds himself near his own stable.

It is a provoking thing that I never have been able to get sight of the only English book about Brazil, which xxxxxx would be likely to give me curious matter. It is a voyage by one Atkins Surgeon Of the Weymouth (I think the ship was) He published two voyages – one to Guinea, Brazil & the W Indies, – which I have, & a good book it is in its way, – but all he says about Brazil in it is, that what he observed in that country was published in a separate volume: – & I have been looking for that volume the last ten years without success. [3] 

God bless you



* Endorsement: RS./ 25 Feby 1818
MS: Huntington Library, RS 330. ALS; 2p.
Unpublished. BACK

[1] Of Rickman and Southey’s article ‘On the Poor Laws’, Quarterly Review, 18 (January 1818), 259–308. BACK

[2] The third and final volume of Southey’s History of Brazil (1810–1819). BACK

[3] The naval surgeon John Atkins (bap. 1685, d. 1757; DNB). He published accounts of his travels as Voyage to Guinea, Brasil and the West Indies (1735). The book on Brazil was not published. BACK