1947. Robert Southey to John Rickman, 4 September 1811 *
Keswick. Sept. 4. 1811.
My dear Rickman
Here I am at last, after twelve weeks absence, & a journey of nearly 900 miles. We got home on Monday, & found every thing well. Never was a more fortunate journey, – we had only two wet days during the whole time, which was while we were with Turner, – & we never met with accident let or hindrance of any kind.
The map & the boxes from Palace Yard arrived before me. That from Streatham has not yet made its appearance. I found also a letter from Abella, announcing another packet at Longmans. So good & trusty a correspondent is not to be neglected, & I inclose a reply to him. I have sent him the two Registers Pikes’ Travels, & Dr Bell’s book on Education.  These with my four quartos, Espriella & Thalaba  which he took with him, strikes a fair balance thus far in our literary commerce. I am very much indebted to this good Spaniard, – Robinson says his conversation is that of a very weak man, he certainly does not write like one.
Poole is a stout Bullionist & a zealous Emancipator. I left Edith at Bristol while I went to Taunton. On our way home we halted successfully at Lanthony with Landor, at Ludlow with a family who resided here during two summers,  at Teddesley with Miss Barker & with Wynn at Llangedwin. Dined with the Ladies of Llangollen on our way from thence,  halted again at Liverpool, & then took the mail to Kendal.
The aqueduct over the Dee between Oswestry & Wrexham is the most stupendous work of art I ever beheld. It made me giddy to look over a canal about 12 feet wide, immediately upon a precipice of 170.
Wynn is not so far gone in despair as the rest of the Gregres.  That party think the most probable change will be the re entrance of Canning & the retirement of Perceval, to make room for Catholic Emancipation, to which neither Wellesley nor Canning are adverse. I doubt this, believing that Perceval is too popular to be displaced upon so unpopular a ground, & that Canning has bust himself upon the split upon the Bullion rock.
Yours in hurry & bustle
 Edinburgh Annual Register, for 1808 (1810) and Edinburgh Annual Register, for 1809 (1811); Zebulon Montgomery Pike (1779–1813), Travels Through the Western Territories of North America (1811); and probably Andrew Bell, An Analysis of an Experiment in Education (1805). BACK
 The quartos were Southey’s Joan of Arc (1796), Madoc (1805), The Curse of Kehama (1810), and the History of Brazil, vol. 1 (1810). Southey had also sent editions of Letters from England (1807) and Thalaba the Destroyer (1801). BACK
 Possibly The Shrewsbury Guide and Salopian Directory (1786). Percy Scholes (1877–1958; DNB), The Great Dr Burney: his Life, his Travels, his Works, his Family, his Friends, 2 vols (Oxford, 1948), II, 315, suggests ‘Askeboleham’ is a mistake in St Marys, Shrewsbury’s parish register for ‘Ashburnham’ Mack-Burney, an older half-brother of Captain Burney’s father, born in 1714. BACK
 The Whigs, led by Charles Grey, 2nd Earl Grey (1764–1845; DNB), Prime Minister 1830–1834; and the followers of William Grenville, Foreign Secretary 1791–1801, Prime Minister 1806–1807. ‘Gregres’ were idols of wood and clay in West Africa. BACK