818. Robert Southey to Mary Hays, 7 August 1803
818. Robert Southey to Mary Hays, 7 August 1803 *
I had unluckily forgotten to put the Ollivier  in my pocket when I went towards the city – before <however> before I left town I gave it to George Dyer who promised to leave it for you at Johnsons.  Upon mentioning it to Longman & Rees & also that you had some thought of translating it I was sorry to perceive that they did not encourage the idea. the book however is very short & would employ but very little time.
In the latter volumes of the Bibliotheca  there will be many subjects on which I shall be very happy to receive assistance from you. but it can only be in the latter part, for the arrangement is designed to be chronological, & all the early volumes will require great labour & perseverance of research. We do not think of getting a first half-volume ready before the Xmas of 1804.
I should have written sooner but for many employments & some domestic sickness which has disquieted me. in the winter I shall have the pleasure of seeing you again as I am about to settle in the neighbourhood of London.
yours very truly
Sunday Aug. 7. 1803.
* Endorsements: To Miss Mary Hays; August/ 1803
MS: University of Kentucky Library. ALS; 2p. (c).