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...
139. Robert Bloomfield to Mary Ann Bloomfield, 9 September 1804*
Towcester Sept 9th 1804
My Dear Mary
I have had extraordinary luck in fishing, having supplied the family with several treats. On Friday night a Dosen perch were sent in my name to the Rev Mr White, in the neighbourhood; and he being out the whole of Saturday with the two Mr Grants, shooting, I am favourd with a Brace of Partridges which will start to night by a Coach that will bring them to the Swan with Two Necks in Lad Lane. they were shot yesterday, and I hope they will come to hand good. you will have this letter perhaps by eleven, and if they do not send the Birds soon after from the Inn, send thither and hasten them, or produce this, and take them away. I have accustom'd my self to rise early here, and yesterday morning I caught about five pound of fish from 6 Oclock till 9. This morning at six I set off to walk from Litchburrow to Towcester which is about 6 miles, it was very pleasant, but I have had a touch of the Head-ache and have staid from Church this forenoon, Mr Kenyon is here from London, and we are off to dine at Mr Whites at Maidford, on Thursday. I long again to see you all, and to know how you proceed with poor Charles, and whither my dear little namesake is likely to loose his milky treasure.—
I am now going to church, and shall not dine till four Oclock
Love to All.