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...
To Mr Davy
City Road. July 10. 1811.
A poem of mine of considerable length is now on the point of publication. It contains four incidental Songs well adapted for Music. The Booksellers, who are half proprietors, fix'd on Mr Shield to furnish tunes, and he either will not, or cannot do it. It is now left to me to seek a friend who will do it, not gratuitously, for your terms will be attended to. The Music is intended to be printed with the book, and therefore will have an immediate, and wide circulation. I remember your former attentions, and request to know if any such proposal can be listen'd to on your part, for you are highly capable of doing credit to the work. A word of reply to this will be greatly oblidging to, Sir
Your Humble Servant,