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...
146. William Clubbe to Vernor and Hood, n.d. *
The proposal I lately made to Mr. Bloomfield of an English & Latin Edition of the Farmer's Boy—was suggested by some intelligent friends—who thought it almost necessary to the Foreign Readers—& very desirable for ye sake of easy comparison to the Classic at home—I knew nothing of his engagement with you—How far such an Edition may impede his interest or your own in ye circulation of those already extant you must decide.
I had no other Idea of course than that of offering the whole management of this business, if my proposal was acceded to, to Mr. Bloomfield & his publishers—If you see reason to reject it—I have every reason—both on Mr. Bloomfields account & your own to be perfectly satisfied.
I am Gentlemen
Yr very humble servt.
Brandiston, Wickham Market, Suffolk, Nov 18th 1804