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...
348. Robert Bloomfield to George Bloomfield, 18 July 1820*
Shefford, July 18, 1820
Dear Brother George
No quarrel exists, be at ease, I have this morning seen your excellent letter to your son, and your poem on the Thetford Waters;  and am with my Son  and Daughter, delighted to find that your spark seems to brighten, as you advance in years. You think that I have been weak enough to be offended, there has been no such thing! I have been extremely unwell, and am still a poor creature, but I now force myself to write these few words to thank you for the pleasure you have just given me.
My son or my daughter shall write for me soon,
Brother and Brother Bard