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...
151. Robert Bloomfield to Mary Ann Bloomfield, 23 December 1804*
Honington. Dec. 23d. 1804
George is here this afternoon and will ride [word missing: MS torn] old Horse back to Bury which I have lodged n[MS torn] Sapiston as well as myself since we came here. I rode on Friday to Thetford and saw Kitty, but I have not yet been to Euston nor to Troston for my Mother I doubt is growing worse. She is very weak, has passed no urine since Wednesday night her body much swelled. she has no power to swallow food, and lives on a few spoonfuls of Broth and water: to night she must have leeches on her temples, and we have a glimmering hope of amendment.
Tell me how you go on.