2033.1. Robert Southey to Dr [George] Mitford, 9 February 1812*
Keswick. Feby. 9. 1812
I have this evening received your favour of the 6th inclosing the Ode to Genius. for which as well as for Christina & the Vol: of Poems I beg you will present my acknowledgements to Miss Mitford,  & my best wishes that she may long continue thus successfully to exert her very promising powers.
I am Sir
* Address: To/ Dr Mitford/ Bertram House/ Reading
Seal: Red wax, crest with ‘S’ and motto ‘In labore quies’ below
MS: Beinecke Library, Osborn MSS File ‘S’, Folder 14147
 Mitford’s daughter, Mary Russell Mitford (1787-1855; DNB). She had published her first collection Poems in 1810 and it had gone into a second edition in 1811. Her Christina, or, The Maid of the South Seas, inspired by the mutiny on HMS Bounty, appeared in 1811. Southey’s copies are no. 1969 in the sale catalogue of his library. Mitford’s ‘Ode to Genius’, ‘Spoken by Mr. Quin at the Surrey Institution, 1812’, was published in the Universal Magazine, 17 (February 1812), 133–135. BACK