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...
364. Robert Bloomfield to Charles Bloomfield, 28 October 1822*
Shefford. Beds. Oct 28. 1822
My Dear Charles
I feel as if I had a great deal to say, but I shall fail in the execution. First are you well, and are you tolarably happy? My thoughts are always with you, and I cannot get over the feeling which your sudden departure, and that of Robs, left on my mind. I felt completely miserable, but it is now wearing off, and I am determined to bear it.
One of the 'Davy's' is written in, and you will contrive to send it accordingly, and with the other, do as you please.  Perhaps give it to Mr Freeman if he had not seen it. Send the letter for Mr Cutting as soon as you can. When you can find time do not fail to send me whatever you may have written, I mean all that you have written about the 'Birds and Insects' that I may shew Mr Harvey a specimen of the work at Christmas if possible.  I do what I can at it but am too tired to proceed further in this epistle, and with best respects of Mr Freeman and family, I must abruptly conclude and wish you every good that can fall, and firmness to bear evil if it should happen.
God bless you
Address: Mr Charles Bloomfield. / Minster. / Isle of Thanet