1953. Robert Southey to [Unknown Correspondent], 9 September 1811

1953. Robert Southey to [Unknown Correspondent], 9 September 1811 ⁠* 

Keswick. Sept 9. 1811.


I am unwilling to return Mr Patricks papers in so expensive a manner as that of a coach-parcel, from this remote part of the country, but as I know not when an opportunity might offer of conveying them to town, there was no alternative. Upon the papers themselves I have no remark to make, farther than to express myself much gratified by the honourable manner in which a man of such erudition has thought proper to mention one of my works. [1] 

I am Sir

yours with much respect

Robert Southey.


* MS: Beinecke Library, GEN MSS 298, Series I, Box 1, folder 41. ALS; 1p.
Note: The correspondent is possibly Abraham John Valpy (1787–1854; DNB), classical scholar and printer of the works of Richard Patrick; see note 1 below. BACK

[1] Possibly Richard Patrick (1769–1815; DNB), classical scholar and Anglican clergyman. His writings included The Adventures of a Hull Eighteenpenny Token (1811), Geographical, Commercial, and Political Essays (1812) and A Chart of Ten Numerals in Two Hundred Tongues (1812). The latter used comparative philology to classify the races of the earth. The ‘papers’ possibly dealt with a supposed resemblance between ‘Kehama & Nebuchadnezzar’; see Southey to Herbert Hill, 2 November 1812, Letter 2168. BACK

Places mentioned

Keswick (mentioned 1 time)