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...
140. Robert Bloomfield to Mary Ann Bloomfield, 15–16 September 1804*
Towcestor Sept 15th 1804
Sunday Afternoon, Sepm 16th 1804
You should pay the postage of your letters to me as I am not always at Towcester to receive them, and do not wish to take money out of the pockets of those who treat me so well.
Hannah's letter came yesterday. Miss Johnson knows where to go to for fine views, and charming country, she has most likely been to Matlock in Derbyshire. I am glad you got through your work so well, as my deputy, and should wish you to write a letter every day at the same wages. I expect tomorrow to see the intended Mrs Grant;— We have done nothing but eat Venison for the last fortnight, some good, and some very bad, The Brother's go out in persuit of partridges, and I have been fisher-general to the family. A Lady at Litchborough, niece to Sir Wm Addington, sings charmingly and I have been setting up against her, so that we have made a rare noise. I shall think seriously of coming home on Thursday next, or, (in the language of the Almanack) 'the day before or day after.' I must hope that you and the child are by this time somthing better reconciled to the troublesome task of weaning, and better in health than when Hannah wrote on Friday. I have no time to say more only expect me on Thursday or Friday. Love to All,