2579. Robert Southey to John Rickman, 24 March 1815 *
24. March 1815.
My dear R.
These devils in France seem all to be going one way, & we shall have the whole work to do over again, for there can be no peace on earth till that generation of soldiers is cut off. I suspect that there will not even be found a La Vendée  in favour of the Bourbons now, the soldiers will be all against them, the people indifferent, & the wealthy classes there, as they will be every where, willing to submit to the ruling power. [MS torn] then must fairly propose to themselves the conquest of France, by their own military force; – the presence & name of the Bourbons will xxx be useful in reminding the country that they may occupy, & perhaps some of the strong places may be held for them, – but this is very doubtful. – xxx We begin however with better auspices than in 1793. The necessity is apparent, the object definite, the allies are less likely to fall asunder, & the state of our military force is an advantage which counterbalances the weight of our public debt. But I wish M. Wellesley was at the head of affairs, that the immediate effort might not fall short of the emergency.
This comes of magnanimity & liberality. A halter properly applied would have saved all the evil to come! Or even if the wise heads at the Congress  had remembered the old proverb safe bind safe find.
My Brazil,  I suppose, sticks somewhe between G C Bedford & Streatham. I have been, & still am, working steadily at this Opus. You will find the Chapters de moribus  full of very curious matter.
God bless you
* Address: To/ John Rickman Esqre/ St Stephens
Court/ New Palace Yard/ Westminster
Endorsement: RS./ 24 Mar/ 1815
Stamped: KESWICK/ 298
Postmark: FREE/ 27 MR 27/ 1815
MS: Huntington Library, RS 246. ALS; 2p.