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...
205. Robert Bloomfield to John Jackson, 9 April 1807*
Shepherd & Shepherdess City Road London.
April 9, 1807
To Mr J. Jackson
I was last night favour'd with your 'Address to Time',  and am compell'd to congratulate you with all my whole heart as a man capable of giving the world pleasure hereafter, when the 'Old Gentleman' you address shall have plump'd out the ear of corn that seems now so full of milk. Whither you are induced now to persue the path of poetry, or postpone it untill your judgement is more matured than it can possibly be at your age, Remember that the Choice of Subject is of the last importance to you, or to any one indeed who meddles with the nine kickish lasses so much talk'd of by the learned. Indeed young stranger I do not from age or from knowledge presume to instruct you. If I was at your elbow I could probabaly instruct you from experience which is a thing that does not allways arrise from age itself, nor from what is term'd knowledge. I would whisper thus—Flatter no man, but give every friend his due with conscious integrity. Robert Burns says,
You may not possibly have read the enclosed Book, whither you have or not, accept it from me, with sincere wishes for your wellfare; and accept too this blunt congratulations from a stranger, yours, Sir, truly
 An Address to Time: to which are added Stanzas written on a Beautiful Day in January, 1807, etc. (Macclesfield, 1807) was written by John Jackson of Harrap Wood near Macclesfield. Jackson was also the author of Barythymia: a Poem addressed to the Sons and Daughters of Adversity (Macclesfield,? 1810). BACK
 Lines 7–8 of Burns's song 'Is there for honest poverty' ('A man's a man for a' that') (1795):