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...
376. Joseph Weston to Hannah Bloomfield, 15 January 1824*
Windsor, Jan. 15. 1824
Dear Miss Bloomfield
I am extremely sorry you did not let me know your wishes, when you wrote last, as I was then fully prepared for a journey to Shefford; and it would have given me great pleasure to assist you, as far as lay in my power: but having concluded from your last letter that you did not need my assistance, I have made arrangements for going immediately down to the southern coast, and proceeding by the western into Scotland; which arrangements, I cannot alter, without more inconvenience to myself, than any counsel I could give, is likely to be serviceable to you. If, however, the matters to which you allude, can be safely trusted in a letter, either now or henceforth, they will at all times have my best and most serious attention.
If you think it useful to write to me, within a fortnight from the present date, direct to me at the post-office, Portsmouth. Wishing you health and happiness, I remain
Your humble servant,