1460. Robert Southey to Henry Herbert Southey, 25 May  *
My dear Harry
Pinedas dictionary  is better than either of the more modern ones, – but I should advise you to get old Minsheu who at the end of his Janua Linguarum,  or English etymol. Dict (which perhaps you may remember among Coleridges books) has a very respectable Spanish one.  This may be found in London catalogues priced under a guinea, Newmans, the cheapest new one  will cost half as much again, & the better stocked for a commercial Spaniard, will have made room for trade-words by omitting precisely those which you would be often most frequently be searching for. Besides this advantage which Minsheus possesses you would <have> a real treasure in the great body of the work, which is truly a store house of etymological learning, & in which may be found half the etymologies which have given Horne Tooke  his fame in the world. There was a copy in Cuthells Catalogue,  which perhaps is not yet sold.
Seven years courtships are not desirable, – but it is somewhat soon to talk of them in the seventh month. I wish heartily that you were married, – & could I send you a draft for a wife, you should have it as speedily as your heart could desire. But without the few hundreds which Sealy  will not – perhaps cannot, at this time give, it would be wise to wait one year out of the seven. Your friend Hought Horton  as you may well remember, deliberated between the horse & the wife, you have a horse, & can keep it. The other is a more costly part of a mans establishment; – it involves a servant, & puts an end to that convenient free quartering at four o clock for which Durham affords such facilities. Another year would acquit you of precipitancy, would convince Sealy that his daughters attachment is not a mere fever fit, xxxxx dispose him to consult her happiness, & perhaps enable him to give her something, – for Sealy is not the wealthy man he was – He has lost his business, the capital in whi & did not look take such good care of his stock as others in the same trade. Indeed he was so little awake to the danger that he suffered part of his own ships to be laden with Mr Gonnes wines. And you may be well assured that if he was a wealthy man he would not send George  to Brazil, – at a time when every thing for his marriage with Sophy Roach had been settled.
About the local militia, it is likely volunteers enough may alter – but at any rate it will be better to pay 30 £ for exemption, than to expend it in volunteer regimentals.
I expect daily to see the Annual  advertised, & then if K Arthur does not send your account it may be expedient to give him a hint. He told me he would send it two months ago. – Your future pay in the Medical  is not so poor as you seem to conceive it – they give me no more for the Athenæum,  where they have had some of my very best work.
My life goes on as usual & my employments rem are the same, except that I get on a few lines of Kehama  every morning before breakfast; winning time for this from sleep, & rapidly resolving to allow it no other time – than what is thus fairly won from Morpheus. The introduction to the Cid  will go to London in the course of the week – Brazil  waits for a fall in the price of paper, – a great many things may fall first. I suppose you have seen or heard of x my Remains of H K White,  a book of which, to my infinite satisfaction, the success has been almost unexampled
Dr Southey the slightest dose of laudanum immediately affects my liver. the fæces become white, more loose than at other times, & what is odd occasion the same sort of heat as if there were a superabundance a bile in them. I tell you this merely as a physical fact which seems remarkable enough to be worth telling.
God bless you
Wednesday. May 25.
 Peter Pineda (dates unknown), resident in Britain from before 1726 until after 1762, compiled a Spanish/English, English/Spanish dictionary, the Nuevo Dicionario, Espanol y Ingles e Ingles y Espanol (1740; 2nd edn, 1750). BACK
 Henry married Mary-Harriet Sealy, the daughter of a Lisbon merchant, Richard Sealy (c. 1752–1821), in 1809. Like other Britons in Portugal, Sealy had lost his business when the country was taken over by France in November 1807. BACK