1810. Robert Southey to John Mitford, 30 September 1810 *
Keswick. Sept. 30. 1810.
I should be very glad if any opinion of mine could be useful to a man of letters in any way; – to any friend of Mr Heber  I am happy to have an opportunity of shewing my sense of the civilities which I have received from him, – but one poet needs no introduction to another. When Hesiod says
φθονεει και αοιδος αοιδιο 
he only means ballad singers.
Mr Longman will transmit your MS.  to Keswick, & you shall receive an xxxx honest opinion upon it, – whatever it may be in other respects. But there is little encouragement for poetry in these days.
I am Sir
Yrs with respect
* Address: To/ The Reverend John Mitford/ Benhall Parsonage/ Saxmundham/ Suffolk/ Single
Stamped: KESWICK/ 298
Postmark: [partial] 4 OC 4/ 1810
Seal: Red wax; design illegible
MS: Beinecke Library, Osborn C18th Bound MSS, Osborn fc 76, vol 2, item 151
 Reginald Heber and Mitford had been close friends since their time at Oxford University. However, Mitford was also a ‘friend’ of his brother, Richard Heber (see Southey to Heber, 9 April 1811, Letter 1900), so Southey is probably referring to Richard Heber, who had lent him so many books. BACK