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...
400. Hannah Bloomfield to John Clare, [after 10 March 1825]*
I am unwilling to let pass the opportunity which this space gives me of saying how much I admire, and thank you for, your Sonn[ets to] the memory of my dear Father,
You can never know how much he regretted not seeing you at Shefford. he had set his heart upon that pleasure, and attributed his disappointment to Mr Inskips meeting you in London, and giving you such an account of his health &c as made you think a visit then would be ill-timed,—in short he was displeased with him for monopolising you.
I am very glad to hear of a new volume from you, and with best wishes for your health and the welfare of your family. I am dear sir
very respectfully Yours