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...
107. Robert Bloomfield to Elizabeth Glover, 1 May 1803*
May 1st 1803
My Dear Mother
I promised myself the pleasure of agreeing on some certain income on which you might depend, and have long thought of remitting to you what I receive from the Duke of Grafton yearly. Seven shillings per week would buy you meat and other nourishment which your age and situation require but, I know not yet the fate of a poem which is now in the hands of my friends,  and consequently know not the true extent of my means. I shall know soon; and must certainly soon know what my employment is worth and whether I relinquish it or no. Untill I can ascertain these particulars I send you somthing for immediate use. Dont fret about the Doctors Bill, that cannot ruin us. I should like to see you if I could come in disguise, and if you should find yourself worse or dangerously ill I certainly will in spite of the Law and all its champions. It gives me great pleasure to learn that you are somthing better: Remember us to my Father, and Isaac and family. My boy is much the same.
Your Affectionate Son