1882. Robert Southey to John Murray, 11 March 1811

Printer-friendly versionSend by email
The Collected Letters of Robert Southey Part 4: 1810-1815

1882. Robert Southey to John Murray, 11 March 1811 ⁠* 

My dear Sir

You will perceive that I have expunged the beginning, & the reviewal now commences as I had originally designed it to do. [1]  There is a shorter erasure in the last page of the sheet which may require explanation. I intended to have contrasted the moral strength of the two empires, but there was not room for that, nor for many other topics which I would else have been introduced.

In the last number of the Review the title & index to the volume were deficient. When you send the next, have the goodness to inclose them – if it does not slip your memory.

believe me my dear Sir

Yrs very truly

R Southey.

Keswick March 11. 1811.


* Address: To/ Mr Murray/ Fleet Street/ London/ Only double/ Proof Sheet inclosed
Stamped: KESWICK/ 298
Postmark: E/ 14MA14/ 1811
Endorsement: 1811 Mar 11 Keswick/ Southey Robt/ inclosing Proof Sheet
MS: Cornell University. ALS; 2p. (c).
Unpublished. BACK

[1] Southey’s review of Charles Pasley (1780–1861; DNB), Essay on the Military Policy and Institutions of the British Empire (1810). Deeply concerned by its ‘incorrect and dangerous’ views, Murray ensured that it was greatly amended by Croker, before final publication in the Quarterly Review, 5 (May 1811), 403–437; see Jonathan Cutmore, The Quarterly Review Archive. BACK

Published @ RC

August 2013

People mentioned

Places mentioned

Keswick (mentioned 1 time)