3102. Robert Southey to Grosvenor Charles Bedford, 23 March 1818*
My dear G.
An acquaintance  of the Doxtors afflicts me with letters about a correspondence between Lord Wellington & Dumouriez concerning the defence of Portugal, which he says Dumouriez is proud of showing, & which he teazes me to apply for. 
This I will not do. But if you should happen to meet D. at Ealing,  – (as peradventure you may do) bear it mind, & ask to see it if it be worth while.
Wynn will show you two other specimens of this Prospectus,  – Haruth & Maruth  look very much as if they had their tails between their legs. – There is a great deal of merit in some of the specimens which have sent me. I know nothing of the Artist except that he introduces himself as being known to Mrs Lloyd. You may subscribe if you please, – & if you can get a few names for him, so much the better.
Poor Sotheby! those stanzas in Beppo will half kill him. 
23 March 1818.
* Address: To/ G. C. Bedford Esqre/ 9 Stafford Row/ Buckingham Gate
Endorsements: 23 March 1818; 23 March 1818/ Designs for Thalaba
MS: Bodleian Library, MS Eng. Lett. d. 47. ALS; 3p.
Note on MS: the letter is accompanied by an enclosure, an advertisement for William Hawkes Smith, Essays in Design From Southey’s Poem of ‘Thalaba’ (1818). BACK
 Charles-François du Périer Dumouriez (1739–1823) was a French Revolutionary general who defected to Austria in 1793 and lived in Britain from 1804. Dumouriez corresponded with Wellington during the Peninsular War, advising him on the topography and geography of Portugal – advice Wellington found largely inaccurate. BACK
 William Hawkes Smith, Essays in Design Drawn and Etched by W. H. Smith, …Illustrative of the Poem of ‘Thalaba the Destroyer’ by R. Southey (1818). An advertisement and two plates from this work accompanied Southey’s letter; see Southey to William Hawkes Smith, 21 March 1818, Letter 3099. BACK
 Murray had previously sent Southey the first two volumes of Jean Baptist Germain Fabry (1770–1821), Le Génie de la Révolution Considéré dans l’Education ou Mémoires pour Servir a l’Histoire de l’Instruction Publique, Depuis 1789 jusqu’à Nos Jours (1817–1818). He had now sent the third so as to aid Southey’s researches for History of the Peninsular War, 3 vols (London, 1823–1832), I, pp. 3–62. BACK
 Incensed by an anonymous letter criticising his poems that he took to be by William Sotheby (1757–1833; DNB), Byron published some excoriating lines about Sotheby in Beppo, a Venetian Story (1818), stanzas 69–71, in which Sotheby appeared, among many other things, as ‘the sublime/ Of mediocrity’. BACK