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...
345. Robert Bloomfield to Hannah Bloomfield, 27 September 1819*
London. Sep 27. 1819
My Dear Hannah
I this moment saw James and shall see him again directly. I am truly sorry to have given you a moment's uneasiness, but on Saturday I was far from well, and could not write as I fully intended. I feel now much better. Saw Charlotte last night, all well. We are going for a walk with James if the weather will permit, but he says it is a 'blackguard day'. Isaac's wife brought another son on Sunday morning. I have just been to take a place home tomorrow morning and hope to be at Shefford a few hours after this, which I would not write if it were not to ask you to be in the parlour and have something which I can eat. I can then tell you all about it, and you will find me not so knockd down as you seem to apprehend. I feel certain that I can do better by writing out the whole of my story, preface and all, which I am sure I can do before Christmas. In the mean time, as I have drawn no money of Baldwin I see no dread of getting on for many months with less harassing than I experience here. Be easy a few hours and I will be with you.
God bless you—
Yours, as ever