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

2216. Robert Southey to John Murray, 1 February 1813 ⁠* 

Keswick Feby 1. 1813

Dear Sir

I must rely upon your goodness to see that Mr Croker has in the dedication either his titles or his &cs, whichever may be proper, – for I am not accustomed to these things. [1] 

If there should be any honour accruing from this life of Nelson, it will be of that kind which as Malvolio says, is forced upon us, [2]  – for assuredly it is a subject in which it would never have occurred to me to engage. However I have gone thro it with great interest as well as great care, – & like it well enough to be glad that I have written it.

believe me my dear Sir

yrs very truly

R Southey.


Notes

* Address: To/ John Murray Esqr
Watermark: C WILMOTT/ 1807
Endorsement: 1813. Feby 1st/ Southey R-
MS: National Library of Scotland, MS 42551
Unpublished. BACK

[1] The Life of Nelson (1813) was ‘RESPECTFULLY INSCRIBED’ to Croker ‘WHO, BY THE OFFICIAL SITUATION [Secretary to the Admiralty] WHICH HE SO ABLY FILLS, IS QUALIFIED TO APPRECIATE THEIR HISTORICAL ACCURACY; AND WHO, AS A MEMBER OF THE REPUBLIC OF LETTERS, IS EQUALLY QUALIFIED TO DECIDE UPON THEIR LITERARY MERITS’. BACK

[2] Twelfth Night, Act 5, scene 1, lines 371–372: ‘some have greatness thrown upon them’. BACK

Published @ RC

August 2013