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...
395. George Bloomfield to Joseph Weston, 26 June 1824*
Bury St. Edmunds, June 26, 1824
I thank you for the kind letter I received, dated the 20th. When I wrote to you last, I feared lest I should tire you with my prolixity, yet I left much unsaid that I think I had a right to state, as my dear brother's character is now to be brought forward before the dread tribunal of his fellow mortals.
I confined myself in my last to observations which appeared in the article in the Monthly Magazine, for September, 1823; and I wish farther to observe, that whoever reads it would be led to think my brother was a boorish, headstrong fellow—whereas those who knew him in his youth can witness to his modest unassuming manners; and I solemnly declare, as I hope for mercy at the great day, I never heard of the tale about 'sticking to his last' till I read it in the Monthly Magazine. In the days—the happy days that Robert and I spent in free converse, it is impossible for him not, at some time, to have mentioned it.
Address: Mr. Weston, / London