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...
154. Robert Bloomfield to Mary Ann Bloomfield, 13 January 1805*
Bury: Jan 13 1805
My dearest Mary
I came yesterday to Bury and left Hannah at Honington, from whom I bring the other half of this letter. George is well, I write this in his room. I saw Mr Gedge last night and shall dine with him tomorrow. George's affairs I hope will be settled somehow or other before I return. He seems desirous to sell the House at Honington, but may alter his mind. I long to be with you, and to pay the [word obscured], and other things, and to be snugly tuck'd up in my own sheets. I have lain in eight different beds since I left yours, but have taken no cold yet, I shall spend a day or two here and then get Hannah here (if she be willing) and certainly sleep with you on Saturday night if I hold well.—
I shall spend as much or more than one years pay from the good Old Duke, but you will not deem it a great wrong after consenting as you did to giving that income wholely up to my Mother. Her expense, poor Soul! And her troubles are all over.—
Yours most affectionately,