3505. Robert Southey to Bernard Barton, 4 July 1820 *
Keswick. 4 July. 1820
You will have heard, from private or public sources, that when your two last letters were written, I was absent from home; & I hope you will have accounted for & excused my silence, as judging rightly of the whirl & hurry of occupations in which I have been involved. During an absence of eleven weeks, I have very rarely slept more than three nights successively in the same bed.
Thank you for your volume.  Whatever its immediate reception may be among your own sect, you need not doubt that in due time they will learn th to appreciate the service you have done them, & will be proud both of the book & of its author. It will win its way surely, tho perhaps slowly. I have heard it spoken of in high terms, as it deserves. And whenever opportunity offers, or can be made, of noticing it in the manner that I could wish, you may be assured that I will not let the occasion pass.
I am returned to <find> heavy arrears of correspondence, & business of every kind. Excuse therefore the haste & brevity with which I write & believe me with much respect.