2149. Robert Southey to John Murray, 23 September 1812 *
Keswick. Sept. 23. 1812.
I agree with you entirely in preferring the fools-cap octavo to the larger size: the printing is so beautiful that I have thought it worth while to attend to the uniformity of the pages, & notice it as a fault when any one is deficient in its proper complement of lines.  – The contents are enlarged according to your desire, – a convenient alteration in this place, as I wished to get rid of the title in this place page. – I fear the book will be thicker than it should be for its intended price. 100 of my pages (which will be very near the mark) will run to 400 in this form.
I am about the Poor,  & shall get on rapidly as soon as I can satisfy myself about the arrangement.
There are two French poems upon Charlemagne. One, which I read many years ago, is in the Library in Red-Cross-Street (Dr Williams’s.)  If Lucien Buonaparte  has not seen this forgotten work, & has any curiosity so to do, that library is so liberally conducted that be application to any of the Trustees, the book may be borrowed for him. The authors name if I recollect it right is Courtin. 
A change of Publisher for a Review in the condition of the British,  is like change of air for a patient in the last stage of hopeless consumption.
I send herewith a farther supply of copy – instead of as a readier mode of conveyance than that which I had proposed for it. 
Believe me my dear Sir
very truly yours
 Nicolas Courtin (fl 1666–1687) wrote two poems on Charlemagne, Charlemagne ou le Retablissement de l’Empire Romain (1666) and Charlemagne Penitent (1687). The second poem Southey was thinking of, though, may have been Louis Le Laboureur (fl. 1660s), Charlemagne (1664–1666). BACK