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...
270. Robert Bloomfield to Mary Lloyd Baker, 6 September 1811*
City Road. Friday Sep. 6. 1811
My Dear Madam,
Make yourself easy as to your Note. It has been in my pocket, and is gone again, the way of all its fellows.
I endeavourd immediately to procure a Dozen Copies of the Wye for you but could not to the time, And the days flew, not to my entire satisfaction for I felt that I ow'd you inteligence. Add to this that Yesterday I woke with a head-ache and sickness that would have claim'd your pitty to a Curr of the most malignant cast. I dare not so much as turn in the bed untill 3 in the Afternoon. By this ill timed visitation I mist the chance of meeting Mr Cooper and Daughters according to appointment by letter from Yarmouth, but this morning their Carriage stopd 3 minuits on our road, and I have seen them All. I send this by the packet, and hope all will be well, except, I hope unavoidably, the uneasiness you may have sufferd. Accept my sincere thanks for your joint gift to the Widow. Such things are inserted in the golden-leave'd Book of this world, and the world to come.
Take care of Colds. And I will never be a stranger while I am able to write.
Pray let me hear of you when you get to the Coast. The Dursley friends recieved the packet you sent by Parcel, and are all hoity-toity, and so could I, was I going to ride home with them. We are all tolarably here, My Elder Girls  are you know, in Suffolk, and will be a week longer.
I am Madam Yours truly