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,  – &
now I have found a dead one. – If Pinkertons Voyages  fall in your way
look at p 873 of Vol 13 ( xxx Part 55).
I see also by the Quarterly that Flinders  found two of the great Birds
nests in New Holland,  – 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
 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
 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
 Matthew Flinders (1774–1814),
explorer and author of Voyage to Terra Australis, 2 vols (London, 1814), II, 64. BACK
 See Quarterly Review, 12 (October 1814), 27, reporting
Flinders’s discovery in Australia. BACK