2289. Robert Southey to Herbert Hill, 14 August 1813 *
Keswick. Aug 14. 1813
The pamphletts  reached me this morning. – I still remain a semi-Cupid, & in spite of the applications which I have used, the swelling of the eyelid continues the same. Today there are rather more appearances of its gathering. Nothing but this detains me.
I have looked thro those pamphletts which were new to me. Marsh  writes likes like a lawyer, keeping out of sight every thing which would make against his own view of the case. It will be easy to expose & chastise him. – Would it not be the best plan to give a compendious history of Sir GB’s administration, & then turn upon his enemies at the end, after exposing examining in notes as I go along, the specific charges?
It is vexatious to be thus detained. The cause cannot I think last many days longer, & I xx <will> secure a place in the mail as soon as it is prudent.
 Pamphlets about the controversy surrounding Sir George Hilaro Barlow’s (1763–1846; DNB) conduct as Governor of Madras. In 1813 Southey was commissioned by Sir George’s brother, William Barlow (1759–1839) a merchant and neighbour of Herbert Hill’s in Streatham, to write a defence of Sir George. The result was the anonymously published pamphlet An Exposure of the Misrepresentations and Calumnies in Mr Marsh’s Review of Sir George Barlow’s Administration at Madras. By the Relatives of Sir George Barlow (1813). BACK