2068. Robert Southey to Henry Herbert Southey, [29 March] 1812 *
Easter Sunday. 1812.
My dear Harry
You must tell Constable  that of course it never could be intended you were to pay for your own copy of your brothers book, – & that the book must be accounted for with the Publisher as a presentation copy on the Authors account. – You will then hear no more of it. The man must be a blockhead not to have understood this.
I am glad to hear of your success in the Holy War.  If your honour will but give an hour a day to it before breakfast, you will be surprized at the progress which <in> this little portion of time may be made. And a book upon that subject, if it be what it ought, will do you no harm in your profession. – not to mention that before it is finished you will have got forward in your medical degree, for it must be a work of several years.
You will hardly see me in the East this summer. My work seems to be like the widows cruise of oil,  or the tapers at Joam the fourths  funeral which the longer they burnt the longer they grew. What a convenient thing Sir Domine if I you & I could obtain candles of the same quality!
George Douglas  called here for half an hour on Monday last when unluckily Dinah  was scrubbing my study – so that he could not see it. He talked of seeing you in about ten days, – that is about the middle of this week. I was very sorry that he gave me no opportunity of inviting him, – for he only called when he was on the point of setting off for Low-wood. – His manners are more high-born than those of any Scotchman I ever saw.
Do you know that the Imperial is married.
God bless you
 Possibly Sir George Douglas, 2nd Baronet (1754–1821), of Springwood Park, Kelso, MP for Roxburghshire 1784–1790; or George Sholto Douglas (1789–1858), a diplomat, who succeeded as 17th Earl of Morton in 1827. BACK