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...
69. Robert Bloomfield to Thomas Hill, 27 November 1801*
Near the Shepherd & Shepherdess
City Road Nov 27 —
As you know that I have brought on myself the angry reply's of Mr Lofft my original and staunch friend, you will not I trust be surprized at the note I have sent to Mr Hood after you have considerd well of the matters therein mentioned. You Sir, I am sure, wish well to me and to the publication. The infalible result of any inovation now made in 'the Farmer's Boy', would infix in the mind of Mr L the deepest and the most rooted dislike to me. —
Can you Sir, wish to see so great a change? Would you not rather strive as you have always done, to mend the tatter'd rigging? And to keep concord and unanimity on board our Vessel during a prosperous Voyage? Or, could you without regret have to tell your numerous Literary friends that Bloomfield now lies under the high displeasure of his friends for an ingrate, and a fool to his own reputation? Such things are easier prevented than wip'd off when they are done. I write these things in consequence of Letters received since I saw you. — and remain Sir,
Your Obd servant
Address: Thos Hill Esq / 7 Henrietta Street / Covent Garden