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...
264. Robert Bloomfield to Lady Elizabeth Fitzroy, 7 August 1811*
To you who long ago took the pains to transcribe the Millers Maid, and honourd me by your critical observations I feel bound to present a new attempt of mine,  and to beg your indulgence if I have stept out of my element.
I have for months refrain'd from addressing you when I most wished to do it, on the death of my true friend, your late honour'd Father. I hope this, at least, will not be deem'd an intrusion.
And with gratefull acknowledgements and thanks, I am your Ladiships
Very Humble Servant