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...
275. Robert Bloomfield to Charles Sharpe, [before April 1812]*
I long to know the amount of my uncertain income for the past year, as upon that depend allways my resolutions and expenditure for the future. You had last year the account return'd to you to look over again. This account you may have perhaps by you now. I shall hope for it if you have, and I will leave with you on Monday morning my random reconing for the last year of what I have received, your Books will supply the dates which I have lost through mislaying a paper. I shall want on Monday £30 or £40 in ready stuff and I know you will oblidge me if you can,—I am not anxious for the settlement of the account, it may not be ready,—but I want the information.—
Yours Sir truly