2488. Robert Southey to John Rickman, 16 October 1814 *
My dear R.
I fully perceive the fitness of going to Spain, & have been dreaming over the map, with a view to making as comprehensive a pilgrimage as possible: but in all likelihood a civil war will prevent the accomplish put an end to these unfledged purposes. Meantime my second vol. of Brazil  goes to press & will be the main work of my winter. It is now time to think in earnest about the map.
I think your principle of the size a good one. We need not go farther south than B Ayres, & the Spanish part, except Paraguay & the shores of the Plata may be a mere skeleton. Has Arrowsmith  seen a map of Maranham & the adjoining captaincies, published at Rio Janeiro in 1810?  – Will it not be the better <way> to engrave the skeleton as soon as may be, that I may add what I can to the proof during the progress of the work? – Henry Koster has been translating the first volume  in the island of Itamaraca for the use of a Portugueze priest. Of all my works this has been read the least, but with the deepest interest by those whom the subject interests attracts. This was to be expected.
God bless you
Keswick. 16 Oct. 1814
Do you retain your house,  or are you ex domiciliated?
* Address: To/ John Rickman Esqre/ St Stephens
Court/ New Palace Yard/ Westminster
Endorsement: RS./ 16 Octr. 1814
Stamped: KESWICK/ 298
Postmark: FREE/ 19OC19/ 1814
MS: Huntington Library, RS 234. ALS; 3p.
 The first volume of the History of Brazil (1810–1819), p. [vi] announced ‘The map also is delayed’; it appeared in the second volume, published in 1817. The Arrowsmiths were a family of celebrated map-makers and Southey is probably referring to the senior partner, Aaron Arrowsmith. BACK
 i.e. the evidence submitted to the Parliamentary committee examining copyright in 1813. This eventually led to an amendment to the law on copyright in 1814. This extended the copyright authors were entitled to on their works, by making it 28 years in all circumstances, or the life of the author if longer. BACK