2254. Robert Southey to John Murray, 9 May 1813 *
Keswick. May 9. 1813.
My dear Sir
One of my children has been ill,  – I too anxious for any xxx employment which required collectedness & continued attention. Once I was inclined to write & request that you would fill up the next number without me; – but if it be delayed a fortnight longer I shall have finished. – My cause of uneasiness, thank God, is removed, & the article in fair progress.
I have a letter from Mr Croker this evening, communicating with a very flattering opinion of the Life of Nelson,  some valuable facts for improving it in a second edition, – if it should have the fortune to reach one.  The book will arrive tomorrow, & I shall then have the greatest & last joy of an author, – that of seeing his work in its printed form for the first time as a whole, & in its finished form.
Your news respecting Rokeby is curious.  I had not heard it.
believe me Dear Sir
Yrs very truly
* Address: To/ John Murray Esqr/ Albemarle Street/
Stamped: KESWICK/ 298
Postmark: E 12 MY 12 1813
Watermark: C WILMOTT/ 1807
Endorsement: 1813 May 9/ R. Southey Esqr
MS: National Library of Scotland, MS 42551. ALS; 2p.