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...
138. Robert Bloomfield to Mary Ann Bloomfield, 4 September 1804*
Wakefield Lodge, Northamptonshire, Sep 4th 1804
My Dear Mary
I received Hannah's letter and was right glad to find that she could do it so well. As to Miss Ansteads request you had better let it remain until I come home, as I shall write myself to Miss Sharp, perhaps tomorrow. I came here yesterday morning from Towcester, and went and drank tea with Mrs Prowse, who is going off to day for Durham, I dined here at the Dukes, and in the evening sat about two hours with the family, and had much conversation with the Duke, Lady Elizabeth and Mr Dixon, Mr Stonehewer, and others, Old Admiral Cosby is here on a visit. I will endeavour to send some Nutts soon, or bring them with me. The Forest is full of them.—
I caught ten pounds of perch with a rod and line on Saturday last, we had them for dinner that day, and on Sunday. Mr Vaughan has sent me his Book to Mr Grants, and I must write to acknowledge it. I am going to walk to Wakes-Oak. Come put on your Bonnets and tippits and go with me? I wish you could. I shall return to Towcester tonight, and think about returning to London next week. I have received fifteen pounds from the Duke and perhaps may see them again this morning. Love to all.