Saturday. March 21.
My dear Tom
Hot with walking & warm repentance I do sit me down to
repair the apparent coolness of neglect. my dear brother when I have been
writing as hard as is necessary to furnish two lectures a week an hour each in
recitation, I have been tempted to fling all down & write to you. I am
giving a course of historical Lectures at Bristol, teaching what is right by
showing what is wrong.  my company of course is sought by all who love good
Republicans & odd characters. Coleridge & I are
daily engaged. & moreover my heart has engagements of a dearer nature
which it knows not how to dispense with. for the future it shall come in the
routine of my writing desk to write you every ten days & tell you how I
my Joan of Arc goes to the press in about three weeks. a new
letter is casting for it. it will be a most elegant volume & you shall
receive one as soon as it is out. I shall publish another volume of Poems  most probably before that will be
printed. Cottle the Bookseller (who
remembers you when he lived with Bulgin  & often enquires for you) is to buy the copy right
& they will be printed more elegantly than the last.
John Scott has got me a place of a guinea & half per week
for writing in some new work called the Citizen.  of what kind I know not save that it accords with my
principles. of this I daily expect to hear more.
if Coleridge & I can get 150 pounds a year between us, we
purpose marrying & retiring into the country as our literary business
can be carried on there & practising agriculture till we can raise money
for America — still the grand object in view.
So I have cut my cables & am drifting on the ocean of
life — the wind is fair & the port of happiness I hope, in view.
tis possible that I may be called on to publish my historical
Lectures: this I shall be unwilling to do, as they are only splendid
declamation. you will however receive whatever I or Coleridge publish, as soon
as it is out.
We expect your parcel to night — I shall revere the republican
my notoriety will not tend to reconcile my Aunt to me. public speaking is
awkward at first — but three lectures have accustomed me to it.
my mornings are devoted to hard study. my evenings always engaged
— & I generally contrive to pass them with my dear Edith.
I walked over to Bath this afternoon. a good citizen  is now expecting me at the
direct to me at Mrs
Sawiers. 25 College Street
Bristol.  you
shall hear from me regularly. America is the land of my wishes & we
shall all there all be happy there
fare you well
yr affectionate brother
Coleridge would send
fraternity were he here. he is my fellow
with me — we live together & write together.
* Address: Thomas Southey/ Aquilon
Stamped: [partial] BAT
Endorsement: the parcl is
MS: British Library, Add MS 30,927
Kenneth Curry (ed.), New Letters of Robert Southey,
2 vols (London and New York, 1965), I, pp. 92–93; Charles Cuthbert Southey
(ed.), Life and Correspondence of Robert Southey, 6
vols (London, 1849–1850), I, pp. 235–236 [in part]. BACK
‘Historical Lectures’ ‘Unconnected with the Politics of the Day’ were
advertised — in a printed ‘Prospectus’ (Bodleian Library, Autogr. b. 7 (9))
— to take place in the Card Room, Assembly Coffee House, Prince’s Street,
Bristol. The tickets cost one guinea for the whole series, or one shilling
per lecture. The lectures were not published and seem not to have
 Southey’s next verse collection was Poems (1797). BACK
 Samuel Bulgin (dates unknown), a Bristol printer, bookseller and
 Probably John Scott (dates unknown), editor of the Morning Advertiser. Nothing seems to have come of the
 For further
information see Tim May, ‘The Pantisocrats in College Street’, Notes and Queries, n.s. 52 (2005), 456–460. BACK