3761. Robert Southey to Henry Herbert Southey, 12 December 1821

3761. Robert Southey to Henry Herbert Southey, 12 December 1821⁠* 

My dear Harry

As you think venison worth carriage, I have shipt off for you a consignment thereof, just as it reached me from Lowther this morning. That house is become a very convenient one for me; – it supplies me liberally with game during the season, & I have moreover the use of the library I have borrowed Rushworth & Nalson [1]  from thence, to make preparations for an elaborate life of Cromwell.

This is an O be joyful [2]  evening, – that is, – I shall finish a paper for the Q.R. [3]  An ode for poor Shields is my next dogged undertaking, [4]  – & then the Book of the Church [5]  goes to the Press.

Love to all. God bless you.


Keswick 12 Dec. 1821.


* Address: To/ Dr Southey/ 15. Queen Anne Street/ Cavendish Square/ London.
Stamped: KESWICK/ 298
Postmark: E/ 15 DE 15/ 1821
MS: Keswick Museum and Art Gallery, KESMG 1996.5.120. ALS; 2p.
Unpublished. BACK

[1] John Rushworth (1612–1690; DNB), Historical Collections of Private Passages of State (1659–1721); John Nalson (1637–1686; DNB), An Impartial Collection of the Great Affairs of State, from the Beginning of the Scotch Rebellion in the Year MDCXXXIX to the Murther of King Charles I (1682–1683), no. 1924 in the sale catalogue of Southey’s library. Southey did not write his planned life of Oliver Cromwell (1599–1658; Lord Protector 1653–1658; DNB). BACK

[2] The first line of the Jubilate Deo, part of the Anglican service of Morning Prayer. BACK

[3] Southey reviewed Sara Coleridge’s An Account of the Abipones, an Equestrian People of Paraguay (1822) in Quarterly Review, 26 (January 1822), 277–323. The book was a translation of Martin Dobrizhoffer (1717–1791), Historia de Abiponibus Equestri, Bellicosaque Paraquariae Natione (1784). BACK

[4] Southey’s New Year’s Ode for 1822, as Poet Laureate: ‘Ireland’, published in Sir Thomas More: or, Colloquies on the Progress and Prospects of Society, 2 vols (London, 1829), I, pp. [295]–302. BACK

[5] Southey’s The Book of the Church (1824). BACK

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Lowther estate (mentioned 1 time)
Keswick (mentioned 1 time)