2604. Robert Southey to John Rickman, 23 May 1815 *
I am busy in closing my Quarterly accounts, – three days more of this task will set me at leisure for a fair spell at Brazil  which will carry me far forward. My Opus De Bello Hispano is about to be announced, – in this forthcoming number of the Review.  I am perplexed about a title for it. All wars which are remembered at all, are known by some specific name, this has not yet obtained it one, & any one which can be given will be disliked at first, merely because people have not been accustomed to it. In the announcement I may defer the difficulty & simply call it the late war.  But t for the title of the Book I would fain have ‘the History of the Usurpation, (– or Intrusion) in Spain & Portugal & Spain. – Intrusion is the more appropriate word, – but the other the least objectionable. Like you it? or what better can you suggest?
23 May 1815
* Address: To/ John Rickman Esqre/ St Stephens
Court/ New Palace Yard/ Westminster
Endorsement: RS/ 25 May 1815
Stamped: KESWICK/ 298
Postmark: FREE/ 26 MY 26/ 1815
MS: Huntington Library, RS 251. ALS; 2p.