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...
328. Anne Pye to the Royal Literary Fund, 14 November 1818*
14th November 1818
Robert Bloomfield the Author of the farmers Boy &c— is now in circumstances of the greatest embarrassment, having lost the sight of one eye, & the other is at times so much affected, that he can neither see to read nor write, from which most unfortunate event he is rendered totally unable to support himself & family,—any donation from the Literary Fund, would therefore be well bestowd on Robert Bloomfield, & greatefully received by him, who is a most worthy object of compassion.
Address: Mr Robert Bloomfield Shefford near Biggleswade Bedfordshire