2025. Robert Southey to John Murray, 31 January 1812 *
Keswick. Jany. 31. 1812.
My dear Sir
I must have been very dull not to have guessed for what purpose you sent me the List of Books for the Press, – but so it was; – having pleased myself & my wife with seeing for the first time the titles of those unborn Works in Printers characters, I laid the list aside. There seems to be nothing which requires alteration, – except that Nelson  is not nearly ready. – It is almost half done, – & the first half is that which required most trouble, because it is that in which the existing reviewal affords least assistance, – I have delayed sending it till half was compleated, – because when that is done, you will be enabled to cast it to a sheet more or less, & so regulate the size of the page. This I will do soon; – the Register  will be finished in April, – till that time the printer may be going on at his leisure with the first half, & I can engage to compleat the other, so as to have it published in May.
The proofs are returned by this nights post;  – indeed I have never delayed them a single post night, being perfectly aware that the public interest in the subject must be every day declining. – The intended dedication to Jeffray was just in the Killing-no-Murder style, – you had precisely divined the manner in which I treated him. This honour being laid aside I think of substituting a dedication to the Prince Regent, if I can please myself in the difficult task of combining the language of exhortation with what may be thought sufficiently respectful.
believe me dear Sir
Yrs very truly
* Address: To/ Mr Murray/ Fleet Street/ London.
Stamped: KESWICK/ 298
Postmark: E/ 3 FE 3/ 1812
Watermark: IPING 1806
Endorsement: 1812 Jany 31/ Southey R. Keswick
MS: National Library of Scotland, MS 42550. ALS; 3p.
 Sir George Steuart Mackenzie (1780–1848; DNB), Travels in the Island of Iceland, in the Summer of the Year 1810 (1811); reviewed by Southey alongside Sir William Jackson Hooker (1785–1865; DNB), Journal of a Tour in Iceland, in the Summer of 1809 (1811), Quarterly Review, 7 (March 1812), 48–92. BACK