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...
386. Hannah Bloomfield to Sir Egerton Brydges, 29 April 1824*
Shefford. Apr 29. 1824
Being prevented by a bad Headach from writing to you myself, I avail myself of the kindness of a friend to write the following circular which I have address'd to many of my Father's friends and correspondents.
The long and expensive illness which terminated the life of my dear Father on the 19 of August 1823 has involved our family in affliction and distress. To satisfy our creditors we have been under the necessity of anticipating the little income arising from the sale of my Fathers works for two years to come, and have no means of subsistence during that period but what may arise from our furniture and other effects which will be offer'd for sale on Friday the 28th instt and the following day—including the original manuscripts of my Fathers works in his own handwriting with the Books and other presents which have been given to my Father by persons of eminence. A friend who has interested himself in our concerns hopes that these things deriving some value in the public estimation from having belonged to my Father may produce something worth our notice.
It is the intention of our Bookseller to publish a new Edition of my Father's works in a few months including a memoir of the latter part of his life—the most interesting parts of his correspondence, and a few poetical fragments not yet published.
It would be esteemed a great kindness by our family if you would return such of my father's letters (should you happen to possess any) as you think worth publication and would grant permission to publish such parts only of your letters addressed to my father as may serve to illustrate or explain any part of his writings.
When a selection is made from the correspondence between yourself and my Father which is thought by our friends to be proper for the public eye—it is intended, if you wish it to submit it to your approval previous to publication.
As we leave Shefford immediately after the Sale we shall feel obliged by your reply before the 25th instt
I am Sir your Obedt Servt