1181. Robert Southey to John Rickman, 16 May 1806
1181. Robert Southey to John Rickman, 16 May 1806 *
My dear Rickman
I thank you for sending the Proof – which surely I had requested you to do from time to time, unless my memory much deceives me. This I have returned for John  to drop in the two-penny post, because the leaves being cut it cannot be sent by the strait conveyance; for tho there is a great fitness in your saving me eightpence upon every sheet, there is no reason why you should be troubled for Our Fathers  with the return.
This is the first fine day since my arrival & I have been heartily enjoying it. In spite of a cold picked up upon the road I have an appetite equal to the Fat Mans or the Irish Giants.  Certainly this mountain air agrees with me better than that composition of smoke, dust, fog & filth which serves for an atmosphere in London.
I shall trouble you with an inclosure of copy tomorrow. My campaign will be a pretty brisk one – So much the better.
My remembrance to Mrs R.
Friday 16 May. 1806
 A jokey reference to Southey’s publisher Thomas Norton Longman, who had premises in Paternoster Row (‘Paternoster’ meaning ‘Our father’) in London. BACK