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

2244. Robert Southey to Charles Lloyd, Senior, 11 April 1813 ⁠* 

Keswick, April 11, 1813.

My dear Sir,

I received yesterday from Old Brathay, your Epistles of Horace, [1]  and am much obliged to you for the book. You have attempted a task of great difficulty, and you have performed it respectably everywhere, and in some parts with singular success.

Charles writes to me in healthy spirits. [2]  I am glad to find that he has amused himself with “Alfieri,” [3]  an occupation which I suggested to him last year. If he completes the translation (as seems likely) it will be an acquisition to our literature, and may at least be expected to repay him with credit. [4]  I hope we shall soon see him here, now that we are enjoying long evenings and fine weather.

Believe me, my dear Sir [signature missing]


* MS: MS untraced; text is taken from E. V. Lucas, Charles Lamb and the Lloyds (1898)
Previously published: E. V. Lucas, Charles Lamb and the Lloyds (London, 1898), p. 235. BACK

[1] The Epistles of Horace: Translated into English Verse (1812). BACK

[2] This letter appears not to have survived. BACK

[3] The Italian dramatist Vittorio Alfieri (1749–1803). BACK

[4] Lloyd’s translation of The Tragedies of Vittorio Alfieri was published in 1815. It was reviewed by Southey in Quarterly Review, 14 (January 1816), 333–368. BACK

Published @ RC

August 2013