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

2593. Robert Southey to John Rickman, 3 May 1815 ⁠* 

My dear R.

I send by this same post a large light frank with a Rio de Janeiro-map for Arrowsmith. [1]  – & I will prepare a letter for him by in a post or two. I think the size of our map had better be no larger than what one horizontal & one perpendicular fold will allow, – the shape, you know, is nearly square, as there is no occasion for any point farther S. than B Ayres.

This Dutch war cuts deep into the volume. [2]  You will soon see some curious Cabinet matter which has never before seen the light. [3]  Then the establishment of the Jesuits in Paraguay follows, their system, – & a chapter de Moribus, [4]  not a little remarkable. [5]  I have been working at it [MS torn] late & have more in readiness for the printer than I possess ready means of franking to him.

Bedford will leave with you some money for R L. of which the inclosed is to apprize him.

We have a premature season here. June flowers were blossoming in April. Every thing is forced, & of course dwarfed in consequence.

God bless you

RS.

3 May. 1815


Notes

* Address: To/ John Rickman Esqre/ St Stephens Court/ New Palace Yard/ Westminster
Endorsement: RS/ 3 May 1815
Stamped: KESWICK/ 298
Postmark: FREE/ 6 MY 6/ 1815
MS: Huntington Library, RS 249
Unpublished. BACK

[1] For the second volume of the History of Brazil (1810–1819), published 1817. The Arrowsmiths were a family of celebrated map-makers and Southey is probably referring to Aaron Arrowsmith. The map was probably Sebastiao Gomes da Silva Berford (dates unknown), Mappa Geographico da Capitania do Maranhao e de Parte das Capitanas Circundantes Para (1810). BACK

[2] The Dutch-Portuguese war in Brazil 1630–1654. BACK

[3] Possibly the 9 volumes of manuscript material described as ‘Papeis Varias Politicos’ (1674), no 3852 in the sale catalogue of Southey’s library. BACK

[4] i.e. ‘of customs’. BACK

[5] Southey’s History of Brazil, 3 vols (London, 1810–1819), II, pp. 251–380, 632–692. BACK

Published @ RC

August 2013