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...
36. Robert Bloomfield to George Bloomfield, 30 July 1800*
July 30 1800
Don't be afraid of the Ghost, nor of the dog, for he is a very tame one.  read boath if you can find time, but don't fail reading mr L's letter as it contains much information which I have not time to tell you in detail. Next week I hope to be squinting about the hills and dales of Northampton, and shall I doubt stand in need of all my assurance. but I mean to profit by what my brother tradesman and namesak bob Burns says of his first interview with Lord Daer.
'Life of Burns,' page 138, says
'My much lamented friend the late basil, Lord Daer, happened to arrive at Catrrine the same day and by the kindness and frankness of his manners left an impression on the mind of the poet, which never was effaced' 
[ii] frightend stare
[iv] a kind of Bridle
You must excuse my scrabbling, as you see by this job of copying that I have a good deal of writing [illegible word] but I shall allways find time to say to George
Health and Happiness
Love to wife and all friends, I should have been glad to write now to my Mother, but must stop perhaps till I can send her my face upon a paper. A large plate is intended to strike impressions for seperate sale, which Mr Hood says will produce a joint profit to us. a smaller size will appear first in the 'Mirror,' and Museum;  but hold; I have not been under the painters hands yet, but I think I ought before I spend a fortnight in the harvest Sun; otherwise the publick will be apt to fix the place of my birth in Rosemary Lane, or peticoat Lane, and so by calling me Moses, belie the preface to my book. 
You will certainly forward the packett to Troston directly.
[addendum by George]: pray preserve the London letters G Bloomfield
 A portrait of Bloomfield made by S. Drummond and engraved by W. Ridley appeared in The Monthly Mirror, 10 (October 1800). A variant of it was published in The European Magazine, 11 (November 1801). It is reproduced as the frontispiece of Robert Bloomfield: Lyric, Class, and the Romantic Canon, eds. Simon White, John Goodridge and Bridget Keegan (Lewisburg, 2006). BACK