Monday July 25th 1796
Your letter reachd me this night. concerning the Joan of Arc I
have desired my Mother to send
off that & your other books whether this be done or no I know not — but
I will write tomorrow & request my mother if she has not already
sent them to send them now immediately to Blundstones. 
for your Books & Pamphletts I shall be very much obliged
to you — nothing could be so acceptable — & the pistols may accompany
them as I left mine at Lisbon & it is always well to have defensive
arms. but send the books directly to Cottles. I do hunger & thirst for sedition. yet a little
while & I must change that study for law!
you will have my Letters in October & my Poems by
Christmas.  when these works
are out we remove to London where I enter at Lincolns Inn as a student of the
law — with every prospect of success.
poor Bedford is recovering from an abscess. which confined him to his bed
& subjected him to the surgeons knife. he spoke of you in his last
letter — I had mentioned the opinion you entertaind of him & he bid me
tell you not to think too well of him — to this I add that
that is impossible.
Of Miles  I know little — but xxxx all that I have heard of him is very good. Charles Collins you would not have liked. he has polishd away all his feelings — he
has no heart & without it — all else is valueless. if he were to meet me
in a ragged coat he would be ashamed to own acquaintance if I were in a carriage
— he would xxxxx run thro the dirt to fawn upon
I have some acquaintance in Cornwall — but they live too far from
Falmouth to be of any service to you. Mr Hoblyn 
of Nanswydhen near St Columbs. about 30 miles from Falmouth.
I was there about ten days with my
Uncle. & by the by — a Mr Tremayne  the curate of St Columbs whom I saw once or
twice there, wrote to me only last Saturday a literary letter.
concerning the war the French are victorious every where — their
successes are more rapid & more brilliant than ever, & all that
now prevents our government from making peace is the difficulty of obtaining
good terms. this is from very good authority. a war with Spain is talked of. I
hope without foundation, for Spain is improving. if however it takes place I
should hope the Ministry would have sense enough to plan an expedition against
their South American settlements, & then Tom I should wish you no better luck
than a voyage to Mexico or Peru! for to a well-concerted expedition they would
As for Harry
I rather wish him any line than the military either by sea or by land. so I have
said. Edward is well off. he will
go to St Pauls school in London on the foundation, from
whence he will be elected to one of the Universities.  & then I shall be able to assist him. for of own
success I have no doubt. I have industry & interest. & Joan of
Arc has secured my reputation.
Edith is well. we are indeed both
as well [MS torn] comfortable as you could wish us. I am very busy with [MS
torn] pen but you know I love such business, & indeed find my greatest
amusement in it.
it is not my fault that you have not yet received your Joan. one
was sent to Bath for you before Christmas.
we are now going to supper.
write whenever you have an opportunity
* Address: [not in Southey’s hand]
For/ Mr T. Southey / Phœbe Frigate/ Falmouth or
MS: British Library, Add MS
Previously published: Kenneth Curry (ed.), New
Letters of Robert Southey, 2 vols (London and New York, 1965),
I, pp. 110–112. BACK
 Southey’s Letters Written During a Short Residence in Spain and Portugal
(1797) and Poems (1797). BACK
 A friend of the
Bedford family, he lived at Vanbrugh Fields, Greenwich. His first name is
not recorded. BACK
 Probably Rev. Robert Hoblyn (1751–1839), a contemporary of
Southey’s uncle, Herbert Hill, at Christ Church, Oxford. He was the owner of
Nanswhydden House, where Southey and Hill stayed on their way to Falmouth in
November 1795. Hoblyn was a relative and namesake of the well-known Cornish
bibliophile Robert Hoblyn (1710–1756; DNB). BACK
 The curate of St Columb’s, Cornwall, possibly William
Tremayne (1761–1824). BACK
 Edward Southey attended neither St Paul’s School nor a