1260. Robert Southey to Henry Herbert Southey, 17 January 1807

1260. Robert Southey to Henry Herbert Southey, 17 January 1807 ⁠* 

Dear Dog of Dumplings

Your books & desk shall be shipt off by the next carrier. When next you write xxx give your letter to Rickman, inasmuch as your uglyography [1]  is not worth one half penny a line, & the walk to Palace Yard will not cost you eleven pence. I will take care that mine to you shall travel by the two penny post, [2]  – an act of prudence on my part which whenever exercised will be worth nine pence to your Doctorship.

You are to convey your reviewing to A Aikin 4. Broad Street Buildings, & to apply to him, for the three deficient volumes of Froissart [3]  – unless you can do without them, by review noticing the three last as though you had seen the whole. I send you Miss Hamiltons letters, [4]  & some small-craft which tell well in the trade – a joke & an extract being the component articles of a reviewal of such things – the one paying for the other.

Carlisle has not written to me – I suppose thinking it needless. Call on him – he lives in Soho Square, the door in Charles Street – which is the avenue from Oxford Street. Call on Rickman. I shall forward you letters as fast as I can write them, of useful introduction. [5]  xxx – One parcel of books you will receive by coach – for the sake of speed; – the rest shall travel by waggon for the sake of your Lordships finances, – in this the six first volumes of Froissart go, for this weighty reason. Send home your work as soon as you can & explain this to A Aikin, – if he wants the articles before the waggon arrives. Do you understand me? It will save you three or four shillings not to send these per coach – you will receive by the quickest conveyance all that you want to write from, & if A.A. wants the articles before the others volumes come his Scribe may copy from another set. Had you been here I should have put more books into your hands, – or had you been sooner in London. However you will have enough to be well pleased when you receive payment for them.

And now Sir I have a commission which I must beg you to execute next Sunday, & that is to go to the New Jerusalem <i.e. Swedenborgian> Chapel, it is near St James’s Square, & that is all the direction I can give you, – but you will look well asking your way to it, & no doubt do it with a very grave face. I want an account of the service & of the ceremonies – the ornaments – dress of Mr Proud [6]  the Priest &c – it is for D Manuel, [7]  & he cannot have it too soon, – for I am spurring on Richard Taylor, [8]  & have nearly done the whole.

About the Hospitals you are right – I do not see why a Dispensary will not answer your purpose as well, – but in all probability Carlisle may be able to help you.

I wish you to call on Grosvenor Bedford – who lives in Manchester Buildings Bridge Street – Westminster. I think at No 10 – but Rickman perhaps can tell you – as you enter the buildings it is about the fourth door on the left hand. I wish you to call & tell him, – what he will not understand – or not reply to – in my letters – that I really am very uneasy about his health, & very desirous to hear oftener from him upon that account. Should he be well enough <to> be at the Office – which I fear is not the case – an old man who sits at the bottom of the stairs – just you turn under the gateway to go to Rickmans – will direct you up to him.

The Count lodges with Varley [9]  whose name is on the door in a street leading out of Leicester square in this direction [sketch map shows street on NW corner of square and names Cranbourn Alley at NE corner] – for I forget the name – the black mark is the house – [sketch showing a black mark on NW side of street, just north of Leicester Square] he will be glad to see you – & probably hurt if he does not.

I inclose you a pound bill – 7–6 – will come in the parcel, – & my daughter will eat up the other shilling to sett balance the account, – & have no occasion to balance another account in the same way.

God bless you – I am hard at work, & never in better humour for it.

Domine Doctor I find that laudanum taken in small doses – 8 drops thrice a day – always stop a cold with me, – & you may remember how severe my colds have lately been. This was a prescription of Senhoras & a very valuable one it has proved.


Jany 17. 1807.

I do not think Coleridge will go yet to London. When he is I will let you know – & where to find him – the Courier office [10]  is the place to enquire at.


* Address: To/ H. H. Southey M. D./ 11. Craven Street/ Strand
Seal: [partial]
MS: Bodleian Library, MS Don. d.3. ALS; 4p.
Unpublished. BACK

[1] Southey frequently complained about the state of his brother Henry’s handwriting. BACK

[2] The Two-penny post, for the transmission of letters from one part of London and its environs to another. BACK

[3] Thomas Johnes (1748–1816; DNB) translated Sir John Froissart’s Chronicles of England, France, and the Adjoining Countries, from the Latter Part of the Reign of Edward II to the Coronation of Henry IV (1804) and the Memoirs of John Lord de Joinville, Grand Seneschal of Champagne Written by Himself (1807). The book was reviewed in Annual Review for 1807, 6 (1808), 215–219. BACK

[4] Elizabeth Hamilton (1758–1816; DNB), Letters Addressed to the Daughter of a Nobleman on the Formation of Religious and Moral Principles (1807) was reviewed by Henry in the Annual Review for 1807, 6 (1808), 376–378. BACK

[5] See Southey to Henry Herbert Southey, 24 January [1807], Letter 1265. BACK

[6] The Reverend Joseph Proud (1745–1826; DNB), led the Swedenborgian congregation at their church in York Street, St James Square, from 1799. BACK

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

[8] Richard Taylor (1781–1858; DNB), whose firm was printing Letters from England. BACK

[9] Unidentified. BACK

[10] Coleridge lived at the office of the Courier newspaper when working as a journalist on the paper sporadically from September 1806 to June 1808. BACK

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