Part Four, covering the period 1810-1815, was a crucial one for Southey’s career and reputation. It has, however, never before been fully documented or fully understood. By 1810 he was established in Keswick...
104. Robert Bloomfield to George Bloomfield, 3 April 1803*
London April 3d 1803
It gives me very great pleasure to find that you can again relish reading; as it is a source of unspeakable consolation; and it argues besides that the pleasure of corrispondence will again revive.
In about three weeks I hope to settle with Mr Austin.—
Your townsmen certainly act with a spirit which does them great honour; and the prospect of your continuing your trade for the support of your children is what I most ardently wish'd for. I know the situation of your future residence; but I thought they had been large houses at that corner. There is one convenience which will certainly attend that situation, viz. granting that they build no old Houses to new Houses in your town, you will still be somthing nearer to Field Lane. Pray let us know occasionally how they go on with you. I send your Note for your own use. I wrote yesterday to Bonny Charles.—In addition to what the public papers have said of my Temple situation, I have some reason to think that somthing more has been said last week. Allen ask'd me if it was true that His Majesty in his Royal Bounty had settled on me an annuity of £200 per year? And said that one or two of the Lawyers had seen such a statement in one or two of the papers and had askd him as to the truth of it.—this is a blind story: Quere! Does it not originate with Allen?—I wrote yesterday to Dr Jenner, and to Mrs Phillips. I cannot find whither the Duke of Grafton is at Euston still. 'Suspense is irksome to be borne'.  I wish I could get free from it.
The proprietor of the Monthly Miscellany still continues to send the numbers of his work, I send yours accordingly
I thought when I sat down that I could have filld two sheets with pleasure, but my spirits and patience fail all at once.
Read Mr Lofft's letter.
Isaac Bird and wife and child have just had tea with us, they are all well and chearful.—