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...
208. Robert Bloomfield to Mary Lloyd Baker, 29 May 1807*
City Road. May 29. 1807.
I send you the Anthems at last, not liking to keep them here untill I can again stretch to Fullham for I know not when that can be. I certainly never more experienced the kindness of you all than on the late occasion, yet how hard I strove against dejection! and ill health! I know you must have observed it, and that only makes me mention it here. I hope I shall feel in 'another [illegible word] manner' by the time of your appointed Gloucester expediton,  If I do not, I shall unequivocally decline incumbring you with my inanimate body, I will go mind and all, or stay at home.
Accept, Dear Madam my thanks, and with sincere Respects to all friends
I am yours truly