2027. Robert Southey to Herbert Hill, 1 February 1812 *
My advertisement for Books  has done its work effectually at last. Mr James Gooden,  who has been living at Lisbon in the house with Sealey,  collected books & papers in Brazil & has offered me the use of them. Among the books there are three which will be of service, – Collecçaõ dos Breves Pontificios &c sobre as liberdades das pessoas, bens &c dos Indios do Brazil.  Chronica dos Frades Minores da Provincia do Brazil por Fr. Ant: de S. Maria Jaboataõ,  – one of the books for which you wrote to Lisbon in vain, – & the long sought for life of P. Joam de Almeida,  which of all books in the world is the one I wanted the most. Of his MSS I have only asked at present for a defence of the Jesuits,  written about the time of Pombal’s  disgrace, & confined (this volume) to the provinces of Paraguay & Maranhaõ. But he has many others which will be useful. Participaçaõ Geral do Rio Negro &c – pelo Naturalista Al Ruiz Ferreira. 
Diario de Viagem que a expediçaõ destinada a demarcaçao &c fez so Rio Negro até Villa Bella &c.  Besides others which he tells Robinson he could lend with a verbal explanation. I have not asked him for any of these yet, because the others will be as much as I can get through for some time, & are what will be wanted first. Perhaps when you go to town you will call upon him & get sight of them. He lives in Swithins Lane, but has not given me the number, however as he is a Merchant, there can be no difficulty in discovering him. You might get the papers into your hands, & some of them may be worth transcribing – Robinson speaks very highly of Goodens manners & conversation, – he was xxx educated in Germany for a mercantile life & there acquired a love of letters.
Feby 1. 1812. Keswick
 Southey later publicly thanked Gooden for ‘the Life of F. Joam d’Almeida, among other books, and a manuscript Apology for the Jesuits in Paraguay and Maranham, of great importance’, see Southey’s History of Brazil, 3 vols (London, 1810–1819), II, p. [v]. BACK
 Colleccao dos Breves Pontificios, e Leys Regias, que Formo Expedidos, e Publicadas desde o anno de 1741, sobre as liberdades das Pessoas, Bens, e Commercio dos Indios do Brasil (n.d.), no. 3359 in the sale catalogue of Southey’s library. BACK
 Possibly Francisco Xavier Ribeiro de Sampaio (1741–1812?), Diario da Viagem que em visita e correicao das provoacoes da capitana de S. Jose do Rio Negro fez o ouvidor e intendente geral da mesma no ano de 1774 e 1775, no. 3859 in the sale catalogue of Southey’s library. This was a manuscript of a work that was not published until 1825. BACK