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...
240. Robert Bloomfield to Mary Lloyd Baker, 15 June 1809*
City Road. June 15 1809.
Your note is every way agreeable except in that of inviting me to a pleasure which I cannot partake. Your time is so short, and my impossibles so much in the way that I dare not think of it. I will forward to Clare Hall a little packet for Mr Cooper, which I know you can stow in a Corner: and you will there find likewise such a one for yourself and mind this; you are not requested to read any part of it but the prefaces, which I wish you to observe. 
Your Cousin scolds me, and not without cause; I write to her now, and having somthing to urge in extenuation, hope to disperse the storm before your arrival. I can hardly persuade myself that I shall let you depart for Gloucestershire without seeing you for an hour, but can make no promise to myself, should it be so I have only to assure you of my cordial good wishes for your emendation in health, and of my love for all.
I enclose you a paper which you can leave with Catharine, and I can have it again.
All well. Yours Madam, once again —