1292. Robert Southey to John Rickman, 20 March  *
Thank you for your remark about Villa – I referred to the Spanish word which means Town, but have altered the sentence so as not to let it imply a blunder. Your Bucentaur  shall be turned to account elsewhere – for the Translator is not learned enough to use it. It is curious – yet I doubt it, & am rather disposed to believe the original form of the vessel was Bucentauric  – because state-vessels were made in all sorts of monstrous forms in former days.
The praised G.C.B. is praised – as what? – not as Editor,  – & if you will take notice thereof, you may perceive that where he is spoken of in the way one likes to speak of a very old & intimate acquaintance, formed in days when connections are the work of chance – – in that very sentence I lay the blame of all neglect upon his shoulders – & God knows it is enough to break his back. Whether he or the Printer  have done worst I know not – but this I know that he has played the very Diabolus with what I had done, – omitted – interpolated, & in short done every thing which he ought not to have done, as if he had been Inquisitor General, with absolute authority to expunge & add at pleasure – many of the omissions are thoroughly vexatious – he has full enough MSS. by him for a fourth volume, for which room should have made (as I had made it) by giving only the shortest possible extracts from well known books – & from bad ones. – I have seen the book since I wrote to you (Wynn franks me the whole set of sheets which was overstepping the modesty of franking.) & it is far worse than I expected. I have ordered many cancels,  which you may have when inserted whenever yours goes to the book binder. – & I suppose Longman will chuse to have a supplementary volume  – in which case I shall take the management out my own hands, letting Bedford amuse himself with a proofsheet – & doxx nothing more.
D Manuel will improve when he leaves the Lakes & tell you things of more interest. 
I am as hostile to this Catholic question as George III himself, & would far rather see the old premunire  enforced against them, than one step of ground yielded.