2539. Robert Southey to John Rickman, [c. 6 January–c. 13 January 1815] 

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

2539. Robert Southey to John Rickman, [c. 6 January–c. 13 January 1815] ⁠* 

My dear R.

I told you I had got scent of the Kraken, [1]  – & now I have found a dead one. – If Pinkertons Voyages [2]  fall in your way look at p 873 of Vol 13 ( xxx Part 55).

I see also by the Quarterly that Flinders [3]  found two of the great Birds nests in New Holland, [4]  – but the Bird yet remains to be disco discovered.



* Address: [partial] To/ John
Endorsement: RS./ Decr. 1814
MS: Huntington Library, RS 242. ALS; 2p.
Dating note: dating from content, the letter refers to the October 1814 issue of the Quarterly Review, which was published on 6 January 1815. BACK

[1] The mythical sea monster that was believed to live off the coasts of Norway and Iceland; see Southey to John Rickman, 16 December 1814, Letter 2518. BACK

[2] John Pinkerton (1758–1826; DNB), A General Collection of the Best and Most Interesting Voyages and Travels in all Parts of the World, 18 vols (1808–1814), XIII, p. 873; no. 2335 in the sale catalogue of Southey’s library. BACK

[3] Matthew Flinders (1774–1814), explorer and author of Voyage to Terra Australis, 2 vols (London, 1814), II, 64. BACK

[4] See Quarterly Review, 12 (October 1814), 27, reporting Flinders’s discovery in Australia. BACK

Published @ RC

August 2013