2065. Robert Southey to John Murray, 25 March 1812

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

2065. Robert Southey to John Murray, 25 March 1812 ⁠* 

My dear Sir

I should have sent you this, with the continuation yesterday, by but I was disabled by a sick-headache, – the only complaint, thank God, to which I am habitually subject. – You shall have more copy by the next post, & the whole before the next portion can be set up. – The article will have the merit of deriving at least as much of its information from other sources as from the books on which it treats. [1] 

The parcel with Collier [2]  &c reached me on Monday. I xx am very glad of an opportunity of paying my respects to Jeremy Bentham [3]  & his infernal Prison, or Work house or what he may please to call it. As soon as ever I have leisure you must send me as many books as can be collected upon B. Bay, [4]  & I will condense all their matter, & enter fully into a very interesting subject which is by no means new to me. – But let me clear my hands first.

Yrs very truly

R Southey.

March 25. 1812.


* Address: To/ Mr Murray/ Fleet Street/ London./Proof Sheet inclosed
Stamped: KESWICK/ 298
Postmark: E/ 28 MA 28/ 1812
Watermark: 18[MS cut]6
Endorsement: None
MS: National Library of Scotland, MS 42550. ALS; 2p.
Unpublished. BACK

[1] Probably Southey’s review of Sir George Steuart Mackenzie (1780–1848; DNB), Travels in the Island of Iceland, in the Summer of the Year 1810 (1811) and 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

[2] Jeremy Collier (1650–1726; DNB), An Ecclesiastical History of Great Britain (1708–1714). BACK

[3] Jeremy Bentham (1748–1832; DNB), philosopher, jurist and reformer. Southey did not write about him for the Quarterly Review. His prison was the panopticon, which allowed all inmates to be viewed by the warders, without being aware whether they were being watched. BACK

[4] Botany Bay, a British colony of transported convicts at Sydney, Australia, founded 1788. BACK

Published @ RC

August 2013