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...
175. Robert Bloomfield to Joseph Holland, [by 1806]*
You are not the first who has noticed the Omission of the Hay-making: the best excuse I have to offer is, that in composing the Poem I was determined that what I said on farming should be EXPERIMENTALLY true. There was on that small farm no hay to make; it formed no part of my business; and Thompson has described it most charmingly.