Part Four, covering the period 1810-1815, was a crucial one for Southey’s career and reputation. It has, however, never before been fully documented or fully understood. By 1810 he was established in Keswick...
277. Robert Southey to Joseph Cottle, 9 December  *
My dear Cottle
I am engaged in the Critical Review, immediately I requested to review Amos’s book — it was in other hands — I mentioned it as what I much wished — & it has been transferrd to me.  will you send me up the Original that I may do your brother justice.
a huge parcel is just arrived — all poetry. this is xxxx lucky for our selections.
If you could assist me with ten pounds — I should be glad. my expences this quarter have exceeded my income. I shall recover in the next. a pestilence on Mr Pitt  for raising the price of every thing!
send likewise my Northern Antiquities with the original Edda.  You shall know all that I review.
God bless you.
I expected a proof  to day.
Saturday 9th Sept December.
* Endorsements: (94) 43 Decr 9 — 1797; (Sent, J.C.)
MS: Cornell University Library
Previously published: Reproduced in facsimile in George Healey, The Cornell Wordsworth Collection (Ithaca, NY, 1957), p. . BACK
 Southey’s review of Amos Simon Cottle’s Icelandic Poetry, or the Edda of Saemund Translated into English Verse (1797) appeared in the Critical Review, 22 (January 1798), 24–28. He was involved in the book’s genesis — suggesting Cottle produce a verse translation of the Edda — and contributed a dedicatory poem to it. BACK
 Paul Henri Mallet (1730–1807), Northern Antiquities: or, a Description of the Manners, Customs, Religion and Laws of the Ancient Danes, and Other Northern Nations; Including those of Our Own Saxon Ancestors. With a Translation of the Edda, or System of Runic Mythology, and Other Pieces, from the Ancient Islandic tongue (1770). BACK