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...
41. Robert Bloomfield to George Bloomfield, 29 October 1800*
London 29th Oct 1800
I dined at Mr Hoods on Sunday and find my affairs stand nearly as follows
|Total cost of 3 first editions||481 odd shillings|
|When all sold will produce joint profit||613 odd shillings|
|Out of Hood's half of the profits|
|he proposes to give me for these|
|three Editions,||50, 0|
|and another||50, 0|
for the next three, this hundred pounds is more than I had expected. I am to draw on him for my wants at Bury. You may inform Mr Smy that I should be glad to live at Bury, and if the situation and conditions could be still further explaind to me I should know how to proceed as to bringing my furniture, what part of it may be required and what not, are there stoves or ranges fix'd? & c &c.
I have I believe more in family than Mr Smy. What room should I have to stow them in?
Your Brother Robert