3153. Robert Southey to William Hawkes Smith, 16 June 1818

3153. Robert Southey to William Hawkes Smith, 16 June 1818⁠* 

Keswick. 16 June 1818

Dear Sir

Yesterday I received your parcel. Accept my thanks for the bound copy. The first plate, as it now stands, is a very pleasing one, & I hope the book will obtain the reputation & the success which it deserves. [1] 

When next I write to Messrs Longman I will desire them to pay over the price of six copies from my account to yours.

Believe me Sir

with sincere respect

your obliged & obedient

Robert Southey.


* Endorsement: To Mr Hawks Smith/ Birmingham
MS: McLennan Library, McGill University. ALS; 1p. (c).
Unpublished. BACK

[1] William Hawkes Smith’s Essays in Design … Illustrative of the Poem of ‘Thalaba the Destroyer’ (1818), no. 2612 in the sale catalogue of Southey’s library. The first (of twenty-seven) plates in the volume was entitled ‘The Desert’. BACK

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