1257. Robert Southey to John Rickman, 4 January 1807

1257. Robert Southey to John Rickman, 4 January 1807 ⁠* 

My dear Rickman

I thank you & Mrs R. – as truly for your invitation as if I could accept it. By Gods blessing however before the end of the year you shall see me & my first volume on our way to the Printers. [1] 

I have no more reviewing than a few friendly books, & a few others which came here for my br my brother, but for which his Doctorship had not the fit knowledge. they will soon be done, & with them my reviewing for ever. Don Manuel [2]  is in more forwardness than you suppose. Much I am obliged to omit which was intended – yet as it is, am advancing hard upon the end of the third volume – & then shall stop. the printer [3]  lags, but my last note will spur him. Wynn has been my Franker General during your absence. [4] 

My Pisgah-View of Brazil sheweth it to be a Land of Promise. [5]  It does provoke me when I think of that rascally Scotchman who wrote a brief & bad summary of the Voyage of Columbus & the conquests of Mexico & Peru – & called this a History of America! [6] 

My end in writing now is to beg your help for the inclosed.



Jany 4. 1807.


* Address: To/ John Rickman Esqr
Endorsement: RS./ 4 Jan 1807
MS: Huntington Library, RS 98. ALS; 2p.
Unpublished. BACK

[1] Of the Specimens of the Later English Poets (1807). BACK

[2] Letters from England by Don Manuel Alvarez Espriella. Translated from the Spanish (1807). BACK

[3] Letters from England was being printed by Richard Taylor (1781–1858; DNB), printer and naturalist, who would go on to establish the publishing firm of Taylor and Francis with his son William Francis (1817–1904; DNB) in 1852. BACK

[4] With Parliament no longer in session, Rickman’s franking privileges as Secretary to the Speaker of the House of Commons were suspended; see Southey to Charles Watkin Williams Wynn, 8 August 1806, Letter 1208. BACK

[5] According to the Bible, it was from the summit of Mount Pisgah in Jordan that Moses beheld the Promised Land. BACK

[6] William Robertson (1721–1793; DNB), The History of America (1777–1796). BACK