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

2236. Robert Southey to [C.J. Barrington or J. Harris], 26 March 1813 ⁠* 

Keswick. March 26. 1813.


I lose no time in replying to your letter. [1]  The work which you propose to my consideration is one for which I am not qualified, even if I were disposed to it, or at leisure to undertake it. You have been probably been led to think otherwise, because a life of Nelson by me has been announced. [2]  But I was led to attempt this piece of biography as much by accident circumstances which might almost be called accidental, as by the splendour of the subject.

I am Sir

yours &c

Robert Southey.


* MS: University of Kentucky Library
Note on addresse: the addressee is probably either C. J. Barrington or J. Harris, who were publishing the continuations of Lives of the Admirals, see Southey to John Rickman, 26 March 1813, Letter 2237. BACK

[1] The letter contained a proposal for Southey to continue the series begun by John Campbell (1708–1775; DNB), whose Lives of the Admirals and Other Eminent British Seamen (1742–1744) had been continued firstly by John Berkenhout (1726–1791; DNB) and then by Henry Redhead Yorke (1772–1813; DNB); see Southey to John Rickman, 26 March 1813, Letter 2237. BACK

[2] The Life of Nelson (1813). BACK

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