1957. Robert Southey to [John Adamson], 21 September 1811 *
Keswick. Sept. 21. 1811.
My dear Sir
I have this day received the Lusitania Transformada,  but the other books which you mention as having been sent by Sir Robt Porter  have not reached me.  Will you have the goodness to learn from him to whose care he consigned them, that I may make enquiry with as little delay as possible. I am sorry it so happened that I was in London when Sir Robert visited this country, – for it would have given me great pleasure to have made an acquaintance with him.
I sincerely congratulate you upon your good fortune; which <& this> I should not do if I believed literary pursuits to be incompatible with the business of active life.  The busiest of us can create leisure for his amusements & gratifications, – happy therefore are they who find their chief pleasure in cultivating their intellect & ennobling their own nature.
Believe me my dear Sir
Yours with true esteem
 Fernao Alvares do Oriente (c. 1540– c. 1600), Lusitania Transformada, a bucolic narrative in prose and verse dealing with Portuguese imperial expansion and national moral decline. Southey owned a copy of the 1781 edition, no. 3169 in the sale catalogue of his library. BACK
 The painter, writer and diplomat Sir Robert Ker Porter [pseud. Reynold Steinkirk] (1777–1842; DNB). He had accompanied Sir John Moore (1761–1809; DNB) during his campaign in the Peninsula and been present at the general’s death at Corunna. BACK