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...
49. Robert Bloomfield to George Bloomfield, [? January 1801]*
Confound the moonlight move, it cost me between six and seven pounds, we paid £5 8s. for our runaway landlord's rent, and three quarters landtax, besides expenses, about £9 6s. in all. I send the Journal.
Mr. Gedge has written to request that he may purchase a quarter of the ensuing publication, he offers fifty pounds, Hood offers no more for half, and less than half he will not engage for, Mr. G — I doubt will be distanced, I can't help it, I wish to God it was settled, it soon will, a paper is drawn up from Mr. L's letter, which will be a bargain as to the poem. We are to meet by appointment to sign that, and then I could wish to sign an agreement for the manuscript; the party will consist of Mr. Park, Mr. Hill, Mr. Swan, Mr. Hood, and myself.
Mr. L — is deafening me with solicitations to print 'Imagination',  which I had rejected; he has set it to rights, and certainly made it Better by adding here and there a connective line as he calls them; he has written out the whole piece for me, and says I shall do an injury to him, to the public, to poetry, and to myself, if I do not publish it, there is a sufficient volume without it and I have not yet determined. I send his last letter, you can send it me another time; that you may judge how plain I spoke to him, I send extracts of my letter, to which his is an answer.
I am getting custom in abundance, but expect soon to move my residence — Hood proposes to settle in March for four editions, if so I have upwards of two hundred pounds to receive, and then our agreement says we are to settle yearly so that when he comes to have two publications going I think I shall get on a little. He says, he is sure of making Giles produce me a thousand pounds, why then should I haggle so close at a bargain?
Respects to my Mother, and all friends