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...
176. Robert Bloomfield to Mary Lloyd Baker, 25 February 1806*
City Road, Feb 25th 1806
Mrs L Baker
Mrs Anstead undertakes to send the enclosed Books to Fullham, and, I undertake no such thing as my excuse for omitting to answer your kind letter which I received on my return from the Sea Coast. I had a painful and unhappy winter, but am much better now, and in hopes of a joyfull spring. With respect to the Voll of poems I have sent,  in your hands, I fear nothing but your prepossession in my favour, which perhaps is quite as formidable an obstacle to encounter as a prepossession on the other side, it may disappoint you, be on your guard!
Please to present to your affectionate Mother the other copy, and let Mr Owen have that which contains his name. I have several letters to write, and among the rest to your old playmate at Clare Hall. To all friends with true respect and thanks
I am, Madam, yours
Address: Mrs Lloyd Baker