2464. Robert Southey to John Rickman, 2 August  *
My dear R.
My bust arrived here to day broken all to pieces, & the inclosed is to set Smith  upon recovering its cost from the carriers. When I see the fragments I am indeed surprized at the modesty of the artists charge.
This evening I begin to transcribe my second vol. of Brazil, to send it to the press as soon forthwith.  About Spain I am totally in the dark, & have very little doubt that Abella is in durance. The Reformers must now make terms with the old King, & play off Carlos against Fernando.  The game would then be in their favour. Meantime the colonies are left to themselves, & cruelties & excesses of every kind are laying them waste.
Of my poem  there remain 15 sheets to print, of which the printer has the larger half in his hands, & the rest I hope are on their way home from their travels. You will receive it in about five weeks. It is a poem sui generis.  Its character deeply tragical, – but every where rather of an elevating than a distressing nature. – Remember me to Mrs R. – I wish you would tell me that you were about to bring her to Keswick.
God bless you
* Address: To/ John Rickman Esqre/ Palace Yard/
Endorsement: RS/ 2 Aug 1814
Stamped: KESWICK/ 298
Postmarks: E/ 5 AU 5/ 1814; FREE/ 5 AU 5/ 1814
MS: Huntington Library, RS 230. ALS; 2p.
 Charles IV (1748–1819; King of Spain 1788–1808), who had abdicated on 19 March 1808, and his eldest son, and successor, Ferdinand VII (1784–1833; King of Spain 1808 and 1813–1833), who had been restored in 1813. Ferdinand had suppressed the Constitution of 1812 on 4 May 1814 and had become absolute ruler of Spain. BACK