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...
48. Robert Bloomfield to George Bloomfield, 21 December 1800*
London Dec 21. 1800
You will have 500 hundred bills for 3s 6d when I can get them printed, they will perhaps be done tomorrow, but I send now least you should want the paper for Mr Austin. Our cousin Hannah was well, and keeps her place when last I saw her, which was a short time ago. I send your Neighbour's receipt which I have long forgot to send. We are all tolarably well. Mary has at last taken the innoculation the 4th time of trying —
Nats folks are well.
I had bought a small stock of Trimings for myself and had order'd the same quantity and assortment home for you. I send the Bill with them; we will recon the difference another time. You will find those made with Ribband the dearest, except the ½ doz morocco colour'd resembling gimp. which you will find cost you 5d pr pair, the Ribband 4 1/2d, the half round black and morrocco, 3 1/2d, the round flush morocco at 3d I know of no rule in selling them only that when they are bought at shoemakers shops they are 6d pr pair retail, I have hitherto carried my shoes home ready trim'd; I have had 7s–6d pr pair for some, boath Spanish and kid, I cannot learn whither it is customary to send home bespoke work trimd, or if they do, whither they charge seperately for them. Shoes, calld here Shoe-bottoms or Double Soles are 6s and 6d, to 7s sale work, and 8s upwards bespoke. I am very sadly in the dark as to what I ought to charge upon the whole. I wish you would give me a list of your Bury prices, it would be a satisfaction to me to know. I am short of time, I shall send again soon, and remember the binding skin &c —
This Box, if we look sharp, may serve to travel to and from London many times, spare paper, Twine, and trouble &c ——