132. Robert Southey to Richard Duppa, [12 July 1795]
132. Robert Southey to Richard Duppa, [12 July 1795] *
Poor Seward! I write to you Duppa with a strange sinking of the heart. he introduced me to you — he purified & strengthened my heart — & he has left a vacancy there which will not easily be supplied.
Of my Joan of Arc. the bookseller who has purchased the copy right will have a frontispiece.  & he talks of about thirty guineas as the expence of designing & engraving. will you get this done for me? you can enter into the design character & conceive my ideas, these are the lines as narrated by the Maid.
I should give you the lines expressing the character of Joan after she had once been awakened to patriotism.
Underwood  is in Bristol. & on seeing this subject he wishd Loutherbourg  to design it. the size is quarto. & a good design well executed from such a subject would assist the work.
forgetting your number I enclose this to Bedford. will you be good enough to tell me if you can get this done for me & what you estimate the expence at. for artists use your own judgement & I am sure the design that you approve will please me.
God bless you.
what was it that killd my dear Edmund Seward? I wrote to him immediately on hearing of his illness. & William answerd it — for it arrived the very hour of his death. you know not how I esteemed & loved him nor the deep & lasting impression his death has made upon me.
direct to me at Mrs Sawiers. No 25 College Street Bristol.
the poem is in the press & will be deliverd on the first of January. I am anxious for its success — & a good deal is for Cottles sake the bookseller, a liberal worthy man. type & paper are very splendid. for the poetry I could say much myself.
I wish to have th a vignette engraved for a volume of poems. the subject from my Botany Bay Monologue.  a female on the sea shore, at New Holland <gathering shells for lime>. Bedford will shew you the poem: Underwood thinks it a very good subject for Stodhart  to design.
this is troubling you — but I believe you will feel pleasure in being busied for xxxxxxxx me
* Address: R Duppa
Endorsement: Southey SD/ Ans
MS: Morgan Library, MA 63. ALS; 4p.
Dating note: This letter is the enclosure referred to in Letter 131, Southey to Grosvenor Charles Bedford [12 July 1795], and can be dated accordingly. BACK
 The first edition of Joan of Arc did not have a frontispiece, but the second edition (1798) did. BACK
 A revised version of these lines appeared in Southey’s Joan of Arc, An Epic Poem (Bristol and London, 1796), p. 33. BACK
 Thomas Richard Underwood (1772–1835; DNB), watercolourist and geologist, who in 1795, advised Southey on possible illustrations for his poems. BACK
 ‘Elinor’, which was published in the Morning Chronicle, 18 September 1794, and revised for Poems (1797). For the text of the poem, see Southey to Grosvenor Charles Bedford [started before/on 12 May 1795] (Letter 127). BACK