2482. Robert Southey to Grosvenor Charles Bedford, 25 September 1814
2482. Robert Southey to Grosvenor Charles Bedford, 25 September 1814 *
My dear Grosvenor
Three things I have to say unto you, peradventure four, yea perpossibility they may prove to be five.
First will you intimate to Gifford that a reviewal of the Docstors book has been sent to Murrays, – that it is likely to be very well done & by no means dull as the subject might seem to promise (Gooch is the writer) – & you hardly need say that its insertion in would be very gratifying to me, inasmuch as it would be serving the Docstor. 
Secondly – Longman delays Roderick  till November, for Paternostrian reasons 
Thirdly this delay gives me an opportunity of cancelling the title page, for the purpose of inserting in it my new title of ‘Member of the Royal Spanish Academy’ – the Real Academia Española  having been pleased to elect me an Academico Honorario, – of which honour the Secretary has sent me official annunciation under the great seal of the Academy – I have deserved this & am gratified by it accordingly. In due time the Portugueze Academy will probably do the same thing. 
Fourthly, by reason that we are not well served with tea in this place, & that London is a better market for that said, I request you as my factotum, & first Lord of the Treasury to purchase for me at Twinings  the following stock –
12 pounds black tea at 7/s or as little above that price as may be
3 Do – green at 13/
3 Do – black at 10/6 –– or Do –
these in one parcel being for ourselves
6 Do black at 7/s – &c –
3 – green at 13/ in a canister
these separate being for the Senhora. – but the whole in one packet, directed to me.
Fifthly, say also to Gifford that I believe a reviewal of Wordsworths poem will be offered him, to which I request such attention as it may be found to deserve. It is by Charles Lamb, & will, I doubt not, contain much beautiful writing. 
Sixthly The Docstor & Neville White are here, & between them both, I am the idlest man quoad  head work; but the limbs are tested to their full powers.
Have I ever sent you the stanza which was cut out from Moscow concerning Mr Roscoe?  & the still better one added since the ballad was published, x concerning Brougham & Jeffrey? 
My buen amigo  D Manuel turns up in high favour with Ferdinand,  & I have at length got the transcript of the Poema del Conde D. Ferran Gonzalez – from a mss in the Escurial.  I have also the account of the Bayonne transaction by Escoiquiz, very curious & very important. 
So no more at present from your Worships most faithful & most devoted servant
Sunday night. 25 Sept. 1814.
* Address: To/ G. C. Bedford Esqr/ Exchequer/
Stamped: KESWICK/ 298
Postmark: E/ 29 SE 29/ 1814
Endorsement: 25. Septr 1814
MS: Bodleian Library, MS Eng. Lett. c. 25. ALS; 4p.
 No review of Henry Herbert Southey’s Observations on Pulmonary Consumption (1814) appeared in the Quarterly. BACK
 i.e. for business reasons; Longman and his partners were based at Paternoster Row, London. BACK
 Neither the Portuguese Royal Academy of Sciences (founded 1779), or the Royal Academy of History (founded 1720), bestowed the honour Southey expected. BACK
 Lamb’s review of The Excursion (1814) appeared in Quarterly Review, 12 (October 1814), 100–111. BACK
 ‘The March to Moscow’, a ‘droll ballad’, published in the Courier, 23 June 1814. For the suppressed stanza see Southey to John Rickman, 15 June 1814, Letter 2442. BACK
 As published in Southey’s final collected edition, the stanza read: ‘And Counsellor Brougham was all in a fume/ At the thought of the march to Moscow:/ The Russians, he said, they were undone,/ And the great Fee-Faw-Fum/ Would presently come/ With a hop, step, and jump unto London./ For as for his conquering Russia,/ However some persons might scoff it,/ Do it he could, and do it he would,/ And from doing it nothing would come but good,/ And nothing could call him off it./ Mr. Jeffrey said so, who must certainly know,/ For he was the Edinburgh Prophet./ They all of them knew Mr. Jeffrey’s Review,/ Which with Holy Writ ought to be reckon’d:/ It was through think and thin to its party true;/ Its back was buff, and its sides were blue/ Morbleu! Parbleu!/ It served them for Law and for Gospel too’; see Poetical Works, 10 vols (1837–1838), VI, pp. 218–219. BACK
 The ‘Poem of Fernan Gonzalez’, a 13th-century account of the life of Fernando Gonzalez, Count of Castile 931–970. The poem survived in one 15th-century manuscipt in the royal archive at the Escurial. Southey had been trying to obtain a copy since at least 1813; see Southey to Charles Watkin Williams Wynn, 28 June 1813, Letter 2275. BACK
 Juan Escoiquiz (1762–1820), whose Idea Sencilla de las Razones que Motivaron el Viage del Fernando VII a Bayona (1814) (‘Honest representation of the causes which inspired the journey of King Ferdinand VII to Bayonne’) had dealt with the meeting between his former pupil (Ferdinand VII (1784–1833; King of Spain 1808, 1813–1833) and Napoleon Bonaparte at Bayonne in April-May 1808. At the meeting, Ferdinand VII eventually abdicated, leaving the way open for French control of Spain. BACK
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