1816. Robert Southey to John Rickman, 10 October 1810 *
Keswick. Oct 10. 1810.
My dear Rickman
It is so much more likely that this weather will continue, than that you should feel at leisure in a better season, that I will say come with all speed. Your place must be taken in the Carlisle & Glasgow mail as far as Penrith. Now there are two Carlisle mails, the one runs thro Manchester, & they are rascals enough at the coach office to take travellers in, Carlisle <tho> it involves a change of coaches on the road, <an additional charge> & two hours delay at midnight in a miserable common room at Manchester. You must come by the Newark & Doncaster road. This mail used to set out from the Bull & Mouth, & I suppose still does. It will land you at Penrith between 11 & 12 <the second day> & from thence you must take chaise for Keswick – 17 miles. The whole journey is performed in 43 hours.
Edith is come up stairs to say that you should lose no time, – & how glad we shall be to see you –
Nil mihi rescribas &c – 
I have obtained a set of the Spanish papers Parl. Proc. of last sessions from Herries, Bedfords friend. – You & I differ a little about the Spanish people. National hatred has much to do in their resistance, but not more than national pride. – I never doubted that the Convention of Cintra  ought to have <been> broken. It was my immediate & instinctive opinion, in which the more I considered the question, the more I was confirmed. Cooperation with the Spaniards is not practicable upon a great scale, but exceedingly advisable on a small one, – that is as we are doing in the North Coast by flying squadrons. A flying force might at this time cut off the besieging army before Tortosa, & might have relieved Hostalrich  & Gerona. 
With the Portugueze <army> this would be the best plan. To begin wholly with British officers, but as speedily as possible promote men from the ranks, – upon the system of the French Revolution. In Portugal no man of rank is to be trusted, but my life & soul upon it, the people are true, & there is not a finer race under heaven.
You will get this on Saturday, – I shall <half> expect you to dinner on Monday.
God bless you
* Address: To/ John Rickman Esqr./ St Stephens
Court/ Palace Yard/ Westminster
Endorsement: RS./ 10 Octr. 1810
Stamped: KESWICK/ 298
Postmark: E/ 13 OC 13/ 1810
MS: Huntington Library, RS 152. ALS; 3p.