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...
401. Baldwin, Cradock & Joy to Mary Ann Bloomfield, fair copy with accounts on verso, 6 April 1825*
April 6. 1825
The inclosed account will show you that the advances we have made were not warranted by the sale, & that the demand has not been equal to our anticipations. When we come to a final settlement it will be necessary to make some charge on the score of interest.—The balance due to us up to Dec 31st is £228.15.11 and the books then on hand amount at the regular trade price to £488.7.8 but it is much to be doubted if the 'Mayday' and Hazelwood Hall will even realise their nominal value.
We have not made up the account of the 'Remains' because we must first communicate with Mr Weston in order to learn what part of the expences are already paid for. Will you have the kindness to send his address, that book too, is a failure, there not having been by any means a sufficient quantity sold to cover the expences.
We remain madam your obdt servants
Baldwin, Cradock & Joy.
|July 1st||To balance due brought forward||369||18||5||July 1st||On hand|
|Cost of 750 "Hazelwood Hall"||25||1000 Farmers Boy 2/6||125|
|1824||1000 Rural Tales 2/6||125|
|Jany 22||Do of 500 "Banks of Wye"||31||5||750 Wild Flowers 2/11||109||7||6|
|A bank post bill||15||1000 Works (2 vols) 5/||250|
|Our note at 4 months||35||1000 May Day (2d edition) 2/6||125|
|Do at 12 months||100||750 Hazelwood Hall 1/9||65||12||6|
|Allowance of 2d per copy at sales on||500 Banks of Wye 2/6||62||10|
|92 'Maydays'||Balance due to|
|60 'Hazelwood Hall'||publishers||228||15||11|
|110 'Farmers Boy'|
|108 'Rural Tales'|
|100 'Wild Flowers'|
|Do at 2d per copy on|
|100 'Wild Flowers'|
|Commision 5 per cent|
|Jany 1st||On hand (viz)|
|456 "Farmers Boy" 2/6||57|
|420 "Rural Tales" 2/6||52||10|
|280 "Wild Flowers" 2/11||40||16||8|
|406 Works (2 vols) 5/||101||10|
|1000 "Mayday" 2/6||125|
|642 "Hazelwood Hall" 1/9||56||3||6|
|443 "Banks Wye" 2/6||55||7||6|