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...
267. Robert Bloomfield to Samuel Whitbread, 23 August 1811*
London. Aug 23rd 1811
To Samuel Whitbread Esq.
If among nobler persuits you should find a leisure hour for idle reading, the accompanying little Volumn  is at least new, and lately has been the child of my fancy. If you Sir, know the country of which it treats you will be the better judge of its merit or demerit. The Revd Mr Taylor will bring you this, and
I am Sir most respectfully your
Very Humble Servant
Shepherd & Shepherdess, City Road