2346. Robert Southey to John Rickman, 13 December [1813]

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

2346. Robert Southey to John Rickman, 13 December [1813] ⁠* 

Dec. 13.

My dear Rickman

Pray send me your feelings of provocation, – they will materially assist me in methodizing mine, & it is part of my business to show the advantages which France possessd for war, & the disadvantages under which we carried on the contest. [1] 

My Dutch friends were too civil to Le Brun. [2]  Instead of dismissing him in his coach with an orange ribbon in his hat, they should have kept him as a hostage, & hangd him for the first murder committed upon an unarmed Dutchman.

I bought a translation of Mascous Hist: of the Germans [3]  in town. It has some short pencil notes in it which seem to be in your writing.



* Endorsement: Fr. RS/ 13 Decr. 1813
MS: Huntington Library, RS 216. ALS; 3p.
Unpublished. BACK

[1] Part of the continuing debate over the tone and content of the Laureate ode Carmen Triumphale. Rickman and Croker considered ‘the assassination finale’ (i.e. the last three stanzas) to be particularly inappropriate; see John Rickman to Robert Southey, 15 December 1813, Orlo Williams, Lamb’s Friend the Census-Taker. Life and Letters of John Rickman (Boston and New York, 1912), p. 174. BACK

[2] The French politician Charles-François Lebrun, Duc de Plaisance (1739–1824), who from 1810–1813 had been the governor-general of Holland. He was expelled after the liberation of Holland in 1813. BACK

[3] John Jacob Mascou (1689–1761), History of the Ancient Germans (1737). Southey owned a two-volume English translation of 1738, no. 1863 in the sale catalogue of his library. BACK

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August 2013