3612. Robert Southey to John Rickman, 20 January  *
My dear R.
I have devised a hieroglyphic for a great Whig landholder, it is – an Elephant with a Dodo’s head. that <combination> I conceive expressing the great proportion between their power & their intellect.
My hexameters look well in print, & read well. I am finishing the preface & in three weeks you will receive the book 
Pandemonium will have opened when this reaches you. 
* Address: To/ J Rickman Esqre
Endorsement: Fr RS./ 20 Jany 1821
MS: Huntington Library, RS 406. ALS; 2p.
Previously published: John Wood Warter (ed.), Selections from the Letters of Robert Southey, 4 vols (London, 1856), III, pp. 230–231.
Dating note: Year from endorsement. BACK