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