3092. Robert Southey to Alexander Robert Charles Dallas, 15 March 1818

3092. Robert Southey to Alexander Robert Charles Dallas, 15 March 1818⁠* 

Keswick. 15 March. 1818

My dear Sir

It is but this moment that I have received yours of the 10th – & the expected manuscript has not yet reached me. [1]  I was in hopes of finding it in a box from Longmans which arrived a fortnight ago: another box is (or ought to be) upon the way: indeed if it was sent off as I have reason to suppose, it ought to be here by the very next carrier. But provoking delays are occasioned by passing from one carrier to another, so that packages which I used to receive in ten days from London, are generally now three weeks upon the road. – This is very vexatious, – & I am truly sorry that you should have had so much trouble & inconvenience. – Immediately on its arrival, I will direct the MS. to Mr Baldwin, [2]  & dispatch it by the Mail Coach, – it will be three days going by that conveyance.

Believe me my dear Sir

yr obliged & obedient Servant

Robert Southey.


* Address: To/ Alex. R. C. Dallas Esqre/ Little Ormond Street/ London
Stamped: Keswick/ 298
Postmark: [partial] MR/ 1818
Watermark: B.E. & S. BATH 1814
MS: Department of Rare Books, Special Collections and Preservation, River Campus Libraries, University of Rochester, Robert Southey Papers A.S727. ALS; 2p.

[1] A manuscript of Dallas’s novel, based on his experiences in the Peninsular War, Felix Alvarez, or, Manners in Spain (1818). BACK

[2] The firm of Baldwin, Cradock and Joy published Dallas’s novel. BACK

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