1777. Robert Southey to James Ballantyne, [after c. 4 May 1810]

1777. Robert Southey to James Ballantyne, [after c. 4 May 1810] ⁠* 

My dear Sir

It seems to me so doubtful whether these slips of paper belonging to the Appendix [1]  be worth sending back at all, that I will xxxxxxx inclose them with the copy of Kehama [2]  which is ready to set off by the next carrier, rather than make them into a packet by post. Unless indeed the Printers marks may save him some trouble, they can be of no other use, – for the accompanying list fully directs the order in which the various articles will be should be placed. Henceforth I will take care that no confusion shall arise from any want to explicit directions on my part.

I am just in time to save the post –

Yrs very truly

R Southey

Thursday night.


* Address: To/ Mr J Ballantyne/ Hanover Street/ Edinburgh
Stamped: KESWICK/ 298
Postmark: [illegible]
MS: Pforzheimer Collection, New York Public Library, Misc 1979. ALS; 2p.
Dating note: content indicates this was written shortly after Southey to James Ballantyne, 4 May 1810, Letter 1776. BACK

[1] Edinburgh Annual Register, for 1808, 1.1 (1810), xix–ciii, the ‘Appendix’ of 42 State Papers. BACK

[2] The Hindu romance The Curse of Kehama, published in 1810. BACK