2181. Robert Southey to John Martyn Longmire, 21 November 1812 *
Keswick. Nov 21. 1812
I have to thank you, Sir, for the moralized sketch  which you have had the goodness to send me, & to thank you also for the gratification which it has afforded. It is indeed gratifying to perceive that a poem, written xxxxxx to exemplify a Christian virtue tho in Mohammedan dress (but with no such specific applications as you have drawn from it) should be capable throughout, & with so little violence, of such being thus applied.
The poem upon which I am employed at present, has to represent historical characters, – consequently of a more mixed nature.  They are delineated as far as <is> in my power, with dramatic truth, – not as ideals to exemplify any virtue or combination of virtues, but as individuals acting under the influence <sway> of strong feelings. The effect of this will be that no specific lesson is inculated; but that if the Reader is affected as the Author hopes to affect him, he will have his mind elevated by the general strain of the poem; & that line of thought & feeling will be produced, which ennobles us while it continues, & leaves some traces of good even when its immediate influence has past away.
Believe me my dear Sir
yours with much esteem