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

2368. Robert Southey to John Rickman, 22 January 1814 ⁠* 

Keswick. 22 Jany. 1814

My dear R.

When this will reach you Heaven knows. The mail which was due yesterday has not arrived yet, – & to have the mails stopt was all that was wanting to compleat the dolorousness of our Icelandish winter.

I have lately received a good cargo of new books from Portugal, where the Academy [1]  have resumed their labours with good effect. Under an awkward title they have begun a collection of xxxxx voyages & travels &c relating to their own discoveries & colonies. [2]  Good part of these are mere translations from Ramusio: [3]  – but they have discovered the original of Duarte Barbosa [4]  which was thought to be lost, & brought to light some Brazilian papers: – & a great deal may be expected as the work proceeds. I will not fail to let the Capitaneus know if any thing which concerns him should turn up.

Vale

RS.


Notes

* Endorsement: Fr./ RS/ 22 Janry 1813
MS: Huntington Library, RS 220
Unpublished. BACK

[1] The Portuguese Royal Academy of Sciences, founded 1779; see Southey to Herbert Hill, 5 January 1814, Letter 2360. BACK

[2] Collecção de Noticias para a História e Geografia das Nações Ultramarinas (1812–1839). Southey owned two volumes, no. 3273 in the sale catalogue of his library. BACK

[3] Giovanni Battista Ramusio (1485–1557), Navigationi et Viaggi (1550–1559). Southey owned an early edition (3 vols, 1588, 1583 and 1556), no. 2382 in the sale catalogue of his library. BACK

[4] Duarte Barbosa (d. 1521) interpreter in India c. 1501–1516, whose ‘Livro de Duarte Barbosa’, written c. 1516, is one of the earliest examples of travel writing in Portuguese. A MS of the ‘Livro’ was discovered in the early nineteenth century and published in 1813 in Collecçaõ de Noticias para a Historia e Geografia das Nações Ultramarinas que vivem nos Dominios Portuguezes, 2 vols (Lisbon, 1812–1813), II, no. VII, pp. [131]–394. BACK

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