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...
165. Robert Bloomfield to Mary Ann Bloomfield, 10 June 1805*
City Road, June 10. 1805
My dear Mary
Mr Young in a note of this morning writes thus
'In reply to Mrs Bloomfield's enquiries I have to remark, that if, without putting Charles to material pain, the discharge can be brought back, it will be beneficial, and her present report seems to promise that this can be done. Should she however find that the part has already heal'd to far to yield much, then she may heal it up altogether and wait some time noticing the state of his health, and the play of the joint, both which I should be glad to hear of in her next. You will make her perfectly understand that I deem the discharge very usefull, and consent to its being stop'd for a time, only in the event of its being in a state which will not yield a sufficient quantity. As to the number of his motions (2 and somtimes 3 a day) I should not interfere with them so long as his appetite is not affected and he appears cheerfull. He will of course continue his drops. You will oblidge me by letting me know as often as you hear any thing of him.
You see he says that, 'if you can reproduce the discharge do so by all means.' So that you have acted right.
Wyatt took all his family, Bill and all, to Greenwich on Witsuntuesday, and he and the two Boys calld here at night. Honour's shirt was out that she had no holiday, and Mary grumbled a little, so because we could not spare them from home for a day, I promised to take them to the Wells  instead of their holiday. they both seemd as delighted to see their harlequin nonsence as they would have been at Greenwich. Your Father put Charlotte to Bed, and kept house. Farewell, with love to all, I must leave room for Mary.