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...
120. Robert Bloomfield to George Bloomfield, 1803*
You may see my new scraps on their journey to Troston and Euston. Mr Loffts Letter will tell how Nats piece go on; and Isaac can tell you more, and can, if he likes, tell your townsman Reynolds that he is an impudent dog to attempt to father verses that he never wrote. At the meeting at the Crown & Anchor of the Loyal North Brittons when Mackingtosh was in the chair, T Campbell, author of 'the pleasures of Hope,' made a short speech, and concluded with reading them lines, which are printed here in a pamphlet, and in the Antigalican.—
I like Isaac's Tunes much and am more vex'd than ever that we cannot contrive that his mind should earn more than his hands.
When it happens as last time, that you have opportunity of conveying the parcell without being bound to the 9th of the month it would be well if you could recolect to signify that no parcell is to be expected at 9, for I go to the Inn at that time, and last time I went twice.
Love to your children. Your Brother Robert
—I am going now to Davy.—