2142. Robert Southey to Charles Danvers, 6 September 1812 *
Keswick. Sept 6. 1812
My dear Danvers,
We had been long wishing to hear of you, when your letter arrived, inclosing what I hope may prove the foundation of a moderate fortune, – for that if I live & continue in the enjoyment of health, faculties & my present opportunities, I shall sooner or later provide a fitting competence for my family is what I have never doubted. In two or three months I shall xxx xx xxx be able have the purchase money for the life of Nelson (105£) to add to this. The first proof has reached me, & it will not be long in the press. 
I read the death of poor James Rickards  in the newspaper, but as the name xxx is not uncommon, hoped it might belong to some other person.
Katharine has not yet done talking of you. When the hat arrived she cried out in the most piteous tone Miss Dammers gone, – Dardins gone – & even now we very often hear her repeat Dammers gone. Bedford arrived about a fortnight after my return & brought with him a magic lantorn. I wish you had been here to have witnessed the delight of the children at seeing it exhibited, – particularly Kates. There is a blue Devil among the figures, which compleatly won her heart.
I shall be glad of these books from Mr Gutch’s catalogue, if they are not sold.
7190. Marca’s Hist: de Bearn. 2.12–6 
7395. De Brueys. Hist: du Fanatisme. 10/6 
2058. Coldens Hist: of the Five Indian Nations. 8/. 
There is no hurry for sending them, take them into your care for a little while, till Edith xx may want something else from Bristol to accompany them. The first is very dear, – so dear that I have hesitated about purchasing it ever since the catalogue reached me. But Bearn is connected with Spain during the early history <ages> of the Spanish Kingdoms, & therefore the book is necessary to my collection. Very probably it may afford me some hints for Pelayo  certainly some matter for the notes.
This morning I was quite mortified to think xx you were not at Keswick, – for Col. Peachy communicated to me the intelligence that the floating Island  is rising, & has nearly reached the surface. I shall write off to Sir Humphry by this post.
You will be glad to hear that our quondam next door neighbour  has taken unto herself a husband, who is about to take her off: that the lease is transferred to Miss Barker, & that she is in good hopes of getting some part of her goods in tomorrow – Never was any thing more fortunate than this. – Dr Bell is at Grasmere. I wish he had arrived before you left this country.
My journey to the South must be delayed till spring. The Register for 1811  xx must be published, if possible by any exertions, in April. I am not sorry for this. – The history of Lope de Aguirre  is as you may probably have supposed mine: shocking as it is I think most readers will be interested by it. It was originally written as a chapter for the History of Brazil.  What a thing is that Bloody Journal which follows it!  Tom says that the two together gave him the Night Mair:
I have got on very successfully with Pelayo since my return. You will have the Omniana in xxxxxx two or three weeks.  – The mention of Pelayo reminds me of another poetical labour which I have lately undertaken, – that of putting the Greek accidence in rhyme for Herbert. A queer series of poems I assure you they are likely to be. He is exceedingly delighted with this new fashion, & I dare swear that what gets into his memory in this form will never get out of it.
As for Dr Jardine  it is better to be at open variance with him, than upon such terms as you were. David I think must know you too well to be in any degree influenced by him, – even if the attachment to his cousin should lead to any serious consequences. If he is with you remember me to him. Edith desires me not to forget her kindest remembrances. – I hope Hancock  will make a faithful copy of the picture: it must have a box made to fit it, & may then come with the books.
God bless you my dear Charles
Yr affectionate friend
 Pierre de Marca (1594–1662), Histoire de Bearn (1640); Southey obtained a copy, no. 1699 in the sale catalogue of his library. The book was cited in the footnotes to Roderick (1814), Book XV and Book XVIII. BACK
 The conquistador Lope de Aguirre (c. 1510–1561), notorious for his final expedition down the Amazon in search of El Dorado. Southey’s account of these events appeared in Edinburgh Annual Register, for 1810, 3.2 (1812), [i]–l. It was republished as The Expedition of Orsua; and the Crimes of Aguirre (1821). BACK
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