2559. Robert Southey to Herbert Hill, 22 February 1815 *
I have the whole of the Cronicas published by Sancha,  – the first five volumes I bought very cheap in London, & the last (xxxx the Cron. del R Alfonso XI  ) you brought over with you. Besides these the Cron. of Henrique 4  was printed but suppressed, – Ld. Holland has a copy, I believe without title or preface for the work being <was> stopt by authority. Allen  told me it was of very little value. – This beast Ferdinand  has no doubt deprived us of a thoroughly valuable book, – a history of the xx old Cortes in two quartos, by Marina,  who wrote an introduction to the last edition of the Partidas which was not printed with the work, but published under a separate title when the press became free. I was expecting his greater work when Ferdinand overthrew everything.
From Lisbon I shall be glad of the numbers of the Jornal de Coimbra  beginning with No 25, & of O Patriota  (the Rio Magazine) beginning with January 1814, – being the third subscription. Also Lisboa Destruida – a poem upon the Earthquake by P. Theodoro d’Almeida,  which I see announced among recent publications. I fear it would be xxxx hopeless to enquire for the histories of Paraguay by Montoya,  Lozano  & Xarque  of all which & especially the first I feel myself greatly in want. I believe It is very probable that Montoya would afford some notices respecting S Pauls, to which city (as you will see erelong) he pursued a set of the Paulista kidnappers.  I find no difficulty in reconciling the different accounts of these people given by the Portugueze & the Jesuits, – each party tells what the other found it prudent to suppress, & thus the whole truth comes out. Between both I have a very clear view of the subject.
You will find the discussions of the Portugueze Government concerning Pernambuco very curious & characteristic: I half suspect that Joam 4 himself was bitten by the Sebastianists, – or rather the Fifth-monarchy-men, as the Sebastianists after the Acclamation became for a time.  The Mesa de Conciencia  gravely allude to his becoming Lord of the World in their paper, & the Papel Forte concludes with the same expectation. This I have no doubt is Vieyras  not only from this passage, but from other internal evidence. The whole of this business is exceedingly curious; between pride, poverty, & perplexity the Government knew not how to act, it went on vacillating, procrastinating, expecting miracles & xxx trusting to time & chance, which actually at last brought it out of the scrape. – There is a history of the Dutch affairs for that century by Basnage  which I ought to have had, & one by Aitzema  from 1621 – to 1668 of enormous bulk, full of documents. I regret that I have not seen them, tho they would have tempted me into more detail than can well be afforded.
I remember the Secretary,  & thought he had been at this time a Lord of the Admiralty. Does he take this situation on account of his health?
The first term of my lease expires this time two years, – the property has just been sold, & I think it most likely that the purchaser will let out some of the ground for building, near enough to be a nuisance to these premises. In that case I shall move for which perhaps (if I live so long, & do well in the meantime) I may never be so well prepared as about that time, – looking to the purchase money for my history of the war  as the resource. Some times I think of fixing at Bath, as the place where there are most comforts to be obtained at the least expence, & especially for the sake of the baths, to which I have a Turkish propensity. But on the whole I should prefer being near you, & within reach of Harry & my London friends.
God bless you
22 Feby. 1815.
 Edinburgh Annual Register, for 1812 (1814). The historical section was written by the Scottish lawyer and writer, James Russell (1790–1861; DNB), as Southey’s last contribution was to the Edinburgh Annual Register, for 1811 (1813). BACK
 Cronicas de los Reyes de Castilla: Don Pedro, Enrique II & III, Juan I (1779–1780), published by Antonio de Sancha (1720–1790); Chronica de D. Alfonso et onceno de este nombre de los Reyes que Reynaron en Castilla y Leon (1787), no. 3258 in the sale catalogue of Southey’s library. BACK
 Francisco Xavier Martinez Marina (1754–1833), eminent Spanish jurist and historian, and author of Ensayo Historico-Critico sobre la Legislacion y Principales cuerpos legales de los reinos de Leon y Castilla especialmente sobre el Codigo de las Siete Partidas de D. Alonso el Sabio (1808). He did not write a history of the Cortes. BACK
 Jacques Basnage de Beauval (1653–1723), French Protestant writer who settled in the Netherlands His Annales des Province-Unies depuis la Paix de Munster (1719) was later acquired by Southey and was no. 237 in the sale catalogue of his library. BACK
 Lieuwe van Aitzema (1600–1669), Saken van Staet in Oorlogh in ende omtrent de Vereenigte Nedelanden, 14 vols (1656–1671). Southey later acquired an 11 volume edition of 1669–1699, no. 214 in the sale catalogue of his library. BACK