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...
359. Robert Bloomfield to John Clare, 3 May 1822*
Shefford, Beds, May 3d. 1822
If we were still nearer neighbours I would see you, and thank you personally for the two vollums of your poems sent me so long ago. I write with such labour and difficulty that I cannot venture to praise or discriminate like a critic, but must only say that you have given us great pleasure.
I beg your acceptance of my just publishd little vollumn;  and, sick and ill as I continually feel, I can join you heartily in your exclamation—
'What is Life?' 
With best regards and wishes
I am yours sincerely