2477. Robert Southey to John Rickman, 2 September 1814 *
Keswick. 2 Sept. 1814
My dear R.
To days Courier confirms your history of the reestablishment of the Jesuits.  We now want only the evidence of an Auto da-fe to prove that the Romanist religion is now as it was two centuries ago, & that evidence is likely enough ere long to be afforded.
I have just read Salts Travels,  – he is very ill info uninformed in the Jesuit history of Abyssinia. & seems to have little other information respecting the Mozambique shore than what his short stay enabled him to collect on the spot. He might have found me & my books of signal advantage use to him. – The two first & two last <vols> of Humboldts  travels came to me the other day: a most valuable traveller sans doubt – but a most provoking one, for upon the slightest opportunity down he plunges into the abyss of xxx generalities. He should have written a plain narrative like the Yankee Explorators, & given his disquisitions apart.
Is there any chance of seeing you this autumn? – Remember me to Mrs R.
God bless you
* Address: To/ John Rickman Esqre/ New Palace Yard/
Endorsement: RS/ 2 Sept 1814
Stamped: KESWICK/ 298
Postmarks: E/ 5 SE 5/ 1814; FREE/ 5 SE 5/ 1814
MS: Huntington Library, RS 232. ALS; 2p.
 Pius VII (1742–1823), pontiff since 1800, had restored the Society of Jesus (suppressed since 1773), in a Bull of 7 August 1814; see the Courier (31 August 1814). This confirmed the ‘history’ sent by Rickman to Southey in a letter of 12 July 1814, Huntington Library MS. BACK