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...
84. Thomas Park to [? Lord Buchan], 5 May *
High Street, Marylebone, May 5
... Bloomfield has been grievously afflicted of late with a lumbago which disables him from taking such exercise as his constitution requires. It is a matter indeed of painful reflection to all who esteem the man or admire the poet, that his mental faculties are not adequately supported by corporeal stamina. The sale of his poems is unprecedented—a second impression, consisting of 5000 copies, is just put forth, & promises to move off with a celerity no less flattering than the former.
I procured a copy of the Border Minstrelsy two days ago ...