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...
83. Robert Bloomfield to George Bloomfield, 3 May 1802*
May 3, City Road 1802
For some months past I have threaten'd to write largely to you on several subjects which interest my feelings and engage my thoughts, but I have hitherto been unable to do it. I have now been writing to Troston and have but little time to talk to you, as usual. By reading the Troston letters you will gain much information. I am dog-sick of this uproar of wonderment and peeping curiosity. My Rhumatism plagues me sadly.
I send you two Reviews of my Tales, and in one you will find Holloway's poem spoken of.  Send them back at 9, Nat has not seen them. when you reflect on the Antijacobin's treatment of Mr L recolect that they are avowd partizans on the side of existing Systems, and existing abuses, and that I may think myself well off to have escaped their lash.  The 'British' talk plain cool truth to Mr L I wish he would hear it and give it its weight.  —The Monthly and Critical are yet to come; perhaps next month. Southey wrote the article respecting the Farmer's Boy, which appeard in the Critical; and most likely will have the same task as to the Tales.  —I am not afraid of any of them now; the worst is past.
Forward the enclosed to Dr. P. it is to request the return of a scrap about Pope's willow— 
I am sorry to make your time so short as you will find it between the 4th at night and the eighth at night, but Sunday intervened and many engagements; I could not send sooner. the same reasons prevent my writing to my Mother. Remember me to all friends—
Love to your Wife and Children—I am a sad dog of an Uncle, I have never sent Kitty her Book yet, and she is now at the right age to read it but I here renew the promise to send 'Nature and Art' as soon as I can think to buy it—
Dont let the Winter drops fall upon our old friend at Honington; how much would the Roof cost.?
P.S Be carefull of the Ribbon in the Troston parcell, I had a charge with it —
 William Holloway, author of The Peasant's Fate: a Rural Poem. With Miscellaneous Poems (London, 1802) is compared unfavourably as a rural poet to the Bloomfield of Rural Tales, in The British Critic, 19 (May 1802), 533. For the text of this see here. BACK