3756. Robert Southey to John Rickman, [shortly after 8 December 1821] *
My dear R.
The Capt. was so much broken when I was last in town that I thought it little likely I should ever see him again. His death was of that kind which one must needs wish for oneself. But of course I did not xxx see it in the newspapers without a natural shock.  – Poor man; I am reading Kotzebues  voyage, & the thought constantly occurs how interested he, above all men, would have been with it.
The Printers are pursuing me, – or I should have sent more journal  –
God bless you