3323. Robert Southey to John Rickman, 25 June 1819

3323. Robert Southey to John Rickman, 25 June 1819⁠* 

My dear R.

The three ounces & a half of notes which travel by this post leave me very little more to do. – I have thrown aside as many notes of supererogation as I could, for some future volumes of Omniana, [1]  which I must soon prepare, <were it only> for the sake of lessening my bulky collections, <& not forgetting what I had learnt.> – I am now making the Tables of money &c – & the list of words which you advised. [2] 

I think you will like the way in which I have wound up, – some thing in the manner of an Ancient [3] 


25 June. 1819.


* MS: Huntington Library, RS 371. ALS; 1p.
Unpublished. BACK

[1] Southey created two manuscript volumes of ‘Collections for the History of Brazil’, no. 3154 in the sale catalogue of his library, but these were not published. BACK

[2] ‘Explanation of such Portuguese, Spanish, and other Foreign Words, as are used in the Text’ and ‘Table of Weights, Measures, and Money’, History of Brazil, 3 vols (London, 1810–1819), III, pp. 899–900. BACK

[3] The final sentence of Southey’s work expressed indifference to its ‘immediate reception, in full reliance upon the approbation of those persons for whom it has been written, and of those ages to which it is bequeathed’, History of Brazil, 3 vols (London, 1810–1819), III, p. 879. BACK


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