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...
375. Hannah Bloomfield to Joseph Weston, 6 January 1824*
Shefford, Jan. 6, 1824
If you are still not at Windsor, I am doubtful whether this may reach you, otherwise I should trouble you with a much longer letter; and, if I had not since my reply to Miss Weston, been misled by a report, that you were coming to spend Christmas with your friends, I should have written again, while I might have been sure of finding you at Windsor. Having obtained your address, my purpose in writing now, is, to request a reply to this, and (if you have leisure) attention to what I mean to say immediately on receiving your reply. It will be, as you already suppose, all about matters which concern ourselves, on which I feel your opinion will be valuable. I will not apologize to you for the trouble I give, because I believe your friendship for my father will make you think lightly of that, and because I trust you will believe, that I would try to avoid giving more than was necessary. With my love to Miss Weston, and best wishes for the happiness of both,
I remain yours,
Address: To Mr Weston, / Windsor.