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...
122. Robert Bloomfield to Thomas Hood, 9 March 1804*
City Road, March 9
A letter from Mr Lofft contains the folowing –
'When I answered your letter I believe I said nothing of the intended stereotype Edition of your works in 2 vols. What I now wish to say is that I like the idea of printing a small and cheap, but very neat and well-printed edition in that manner, and within that compass.
I own I should be glad that you would prefix a new preface yourself, omitting mine.
The publishing of a general collection of your poems, seems in some measure to require a general preface.'
This last remark of Mr. L. I think has considerable force.
What think you of it? And can you tell me by letter, for I have much Rhumatism in my back, though I hope to give it a warming by walking to Hampstead. And the sooner you can render me an account of the last years sale, that I may know how to square my reconings dependant thereon, so much the more you will oblidge me. I have felt much for your domestic trouble, I know somthing of the hooping cough!