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...
131. Robert Bloomfield to Pierre Violet, 30 May 1804*
To Mr P Violet
May ye. 30th 1804
It is with much pleasure that I have to inform you that the Portrait acquires additional value every time it is look'd at. My Wife and children who best know my face are delighted with it; my youngest Daughter calls it 'Little Father'. And for myself, I am so convinced of the merit of the work that should it ever be thrown in my way to serve you in the way of your profession, depend on it that I shall not forget you while I have so good a remembrancer in the house. With our best wishes to yourself, Mrs Violet, and the Violet-buds.
I am Sir