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...
236. Robert Bloomfield to Mary Lloyd Baker, 25 March 1809*
City Road. Friday Night half past ten
My Dear Madam
You will wonder, I know you will, at my silence and perhaps ascribe it to ill-health, but I thank God I have no such current coin to offer as an apology. I am indeed much better, and have even begun to sing, I don't mean sing in rhyming composition, but, as the children say 'right earnest singing'. My back behaves pretty decently within the last fortnight, and don't you see the buds coming? I congratulate you with a true heart on your arrival with the Bairne, and you will jog the elbow of Mr B. with my respects even though he should be pondering on Saxon architecture. By the bye, Storer and Greig, the engravers, have given me four little volms, the 'Topographical Cabinet' which show in very highly finished miniature some of the best remains in the island.  My daughter has written out Robin Grey which I formerly mentiond and here it is if you turn the paper. I think now that I shall be able to see you on Thursday next, perhaps not, I have several things to accomplish first, and the more I write here the less I shall have to talk, so good night, Catherine and Mary Ann are now fast asleep, and ditto, three of mine. I am not bent upon Thursday, and therefore open to remonstrance from you.
Continuation of Auld Robin Grey
Taken from the Censura Literaria for December 1808, 
* I find that I have been writing on the right and not on the wrong side of the sheets and I acknowledge it thus that the Song should retain some meaning at least; And now I have taken up 'Stumpy' again I will add that my boy is every way as well as he was before.—I told your Father that I had got a man to attend him who bears the name of the 'honest Doctor', (no reflections) And I believe I shall find him such, for, whether from the apparent attatchment to Charles or his Father's name, or from his own conscience I know not, I find that his whole share is A Guinea !!!!!!
God Bless you All.——
 Antiquarian and Topographical Cabinet, Containing a Series of Elegant Views [engraved by J. S. Storer and John Greig] of the Most Interesting Objects of Curiosity in Great Britain. Accompanied with Letter-Press Descriptions, 10 vols. (London, 1807–11). BACK
 Sir Egerton Brydges, Censura Literaria: Containing Titles, Abstracts, and Opinions of Old English Books, with Original Disquisitions, Articles of Biography, and other Literary Antiquities, 10 vols. (London, 1805–9). 'The Continuation of Auld Robin Grey' text: