2202. Robert Southey to John Murray, 11 January 1813 

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

2202. Robert Southey to John Murray, 11 January 1813 ⁠* 

My dear Sir

This parcel clears my shelves of part of your books. Two volumes of the Hist. of Dissenters [1]  are returned uncut, – because you sent me this portion of the work when it was only so far published, & afterwards the whole together. I return also an uncut copy of Jovellanos, [2]  because after I had read yours & marked it throughout, meaning to keep it, xxx xx this reached me from Cadiz.

The Dissenters will make a very curious article, [3]  – for which I should be glad to have at hand the Nonconformists Memorial, [4]  – The History of the Three Denominations published & I believe written, by Walter Wilson, [5]  – & Crosby’s History of the Baptists. [6] 

yrs very truly

R Southey

Keswick. Jany 11. 1813


* Address: To/ John Murray Esqr
Endorsement: 1813. Jany 11th/ Southey R
MS: National Library of Scotland, MS 42551. ALS; 2p.
Unpublished. BACK

[1] David Bogue (1750–1825; DNB) and James Bennet (1774–1862; DNB), The History of Dissenters, from the Revolution in 1688–to the Year 1808 (1812). BACK

[2] Gaspar de Jovellanos (1744–1811), A Sus Compatriotas Memoria, En que se Rebatem les Calumnias Divulgadas Contra los Individuos de la Junta Central (1811); the copy in the sale catalogue of Southey’s library, no. 3499, is uncut. BACK

[3] Southey’s review of Bogue and Bennet’s History; Walter Wilson (1781–1847; DNB), History and Antiquities of Dissenting Churches (1808–1814); Daniel Neal (1678–1743; DNB), History of the Puritans (1812), in Quarterly Review, 10 (October 1813), 90–139. BACK

[4] The Nonconformist’s Memorial; being an Account of the Ministers who were ejected or silenced after the Restoration, particularly by the Act of Uniformity (1775). Samuel Palmer’s (1741–1813; DNB) revised and abridged version of an account by Edmund Calamy (1671–1732). BACK

[5] The nonconformist biographer Walter Wilson (1781–1847; DNB), History and Antiquities of Dissenting Churches (1808–1814). BACK

[6] Thomas Crosby (d. in or after 1749), History of the English Baptists from the Restoration to the Beginning of the Reign of George I (1738–1740). BACK

Published @ RC

August 2013

Places mentioned

Keswick (mentioned 1 time)