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

2284. Robert Southey to Grosvenor Charles Bedford, 23 July 1813 ⁠* 

Keswick. July 23. 1813

My dear Grosvenor

Ecce iterum! [1]  – I hope my pension [2]  has been paid, – pray send me what money you may have of mine in your hands. So end my hopes in the stocks! [3] 

I have required of B. an explicit answer whether he means to make a set-off against me, in the score of stock in hand; & till he gives me this not a line {farther} of copy shall he receive. [4]  The 209 £ which he paid himself for my share, is in all probability, gone; – this I fully expect – but there is above 200 coming due to me for this volume, & from the fellows shuffling I am sure he means to try if he can defraud me of this also.

Murray offers me a thousand guineas for the History [5]  in two quartos. Upon this subject Turner must be my privy councillor. I have in the first place to live while I am writing it, & shall prefer sharing the eventual profits, so I may draw on him quarterly for 50 £ while it is in progress. At least thus it appears to me at present. No doubt we shall agree, & thus you see Grosvenor that, however slowly, I am getting on. The History will be 18 months work, & with what other things I shall be doing, my next years produc earnings will not fall short of £800

In haste & half in darkness

Yrs

RS.


Notes

* Address: To/ G. C. Bedford Esqre/ Exchequer
Endorsement: July 23. 1813
MS: Bodleian Library, MS Eng. Lett. c. 25
Unpublished. BACK

[1] ‘Once again’. BACK

[2] Southey had received a government pension of £200 p.a. (£144 after tax) since 1807. BACK

[3] i.e. Southey would not be able to invest any money in Government stock. BACK

[4] The paragraph deals with Southey’s financial negotiations with Ballantyne. Southey had invested in the Edinburgh Annual Register and was proposing not to submit any further copy for Edinburgh Annual Register, for 1811 (1813) until a resolution of affairs was reached. BACK

[5] Murray had contracted a History of the Peninsular War (1823–1832) from Southey. BACK

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