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The Collected Letters of Robert Southey Part 4: 1810-1815

2058. Robert Southey to John Murray, 10 March 1812 ⁠* 

Keswick. March 10. 1812.

My dear Sir

I am sorry to discover a page which by some means or other has got three lines of pure nonsense in it. It must be cancelled, & I have so managed the transpositions, omissions, & additions, as to make them fill the leaf. The four final revises are returned by this nights post.

As soon as the book [1]  is published, will you have the goodness to send copies in my name to Turner, Duppa, John May Esqr. 4. Tavistock Street, Bedford Square, Mr Neville White 8 Wood Street Cheapside, Mr Rickman St Stephens Court, New Palace Yard. four copies to my Uncle the Revd. Herbert Hill, Rectory, Streatham. & six to Mr Grosvenor Bedford, Stafford Row, Buckingham Gate, – I forget his number, – but it may be known at Mr Giffords, – or they may be sent to the Exchequer. – Let me have four myself. – The book I fear comes a day after the fair; – the hue & cry is over, & we have only to hope that the merit which it has of giving a clear view of the New System may buoy up the controversial part, which must cease to be of any interest when the controversy is decided.

believe me my dear Sir

Yrs very truly

R Southey.


Notes

* Address: To/ Mr Murray/ Fleet Street/ London.
Stamped: KESWICK/ 298
Postmark: E/ 13 MA 13/ 1812
Watermark: shield/ 1806
Endorsement: 1812 Mar: 10/Southey R
MS: National Library of Scotland, MS 42550
Unpublished. BACK

[1] Southey’s contribution to the Bell and Lancaster controversy; The Origin, Nature and Object, of the New System of Education (1812). BACK

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