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...
116. Robert Bloomfield to George Bloomfield, 27 October 1803*
City Road. Thursday Afternoon Oct 27th 1803
I did intend to write by Mr Austin but somehow did not do it, and I write now to say that Isaac will have from Nat a packet of List by Tuesdays coach, which at the same time will convey the Monthly parcell and perhaps some further news of the song.
I should be glad to know at what date I sent the £15, whither since the 18th of March, if so I wish to have an account of it in my memorandoms of yearly expenditure. I had not opportunity to say a word on the subject to Mr Austin, as the last meeting at the Bull was a drunken Wedding Night, and my head told me so yesterday. I have an anxious wish to know that it is settled, because as I promised it, he may think me forgetfull. I will send him by the parcell sufficient for the payment; and the other, you and I can recon between ourselves afterwards. The Mirror is always overloaded with poetical contributions, I don't wonder at their rejecting many pieces. However enamour'd you may be, with all difference I must quite withhold all advice as a younger Brother, and always wish for you happiness. I will write again by parcell.