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...
22. Robert Bloomfield to Elizabeth Glover, 5 March 1800*
London. March 5th 1800
My dear Mother,
Through the unexampled goodness of Mr. Lofft, I am now able to send you this Coppy of my poem. There are three sizes, this is the middle one, I have a coppy considerably larger. I will not fail to tell you further of all that is in agitation, as soon as I have Leisure, but I am rather pressed for time. You will see underneath a coppy of a letter I now send to Mr. Lofft;  The Duke gave me 5 guineas screwed up in a little bit of paper, and askd a thousand questions; but I cannot say more now; my love to Isaac, Father, and all friends.
Your dutiful and fortunate son,
P.S. Dear Mother
In Mr Walker's letter I found two bills of his exhibition, one of which I have enclosed.