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...
36. Robert Southey to Grosvenor Charles Bedford, [c. 27 December 1792] *
I have a long letter begun but in the business of getting ready time is wanting to compleat it. will you send my book to Oxford. Baliol College Oxon will do for the direction. Gibbon  & any others you may like to read I hope you will not scruple to detain as I shall have plenty of others to study — my prepossessions are not very favourable — I expect to meet with pedantry prejudice & aristocracy from all which Good Lord deliver poor
your arguments are answered in petto  & you shall have them on paper soon.
you cannot conceive how much I miss Combe in packing up. tomorrow morning I depart & when you get this you may fancy me half starvd about Tetbury ruminating upon the days to come & anticipating all the horrors of examination.
you shall an ode to the dying year 1792 in my next.
Seriously speaking I do not know any one man whom I so despise & execrate. of his conduct I can judge. his free reflection I cannot judge as I do not understand
if once I get upon this subject (& I deserve no better) my letter will never be finished so once more farewell.
* Address: Grosvenor Charles Bedford Esqr/ Old Palace Yard/ Westminster
Postmark: [partial] A/ 93
Endorsement: Decr 1792
MS: Bodleian Library, MS Eng. Lett. c. 22
Previously published: Charles Cuthbert Southey (ed.), Life and Correspondence of Robert Southey, 6 vols (London, 1849–1850), I, p. 169 [in part, one sentence; dated December 1792]. BACK
 John Gualbert (c. 995–1073), founder of the Vallombrosian order. The pseudonym ‘Gualbertus’ was used by Southey for his controversial attack on flogging as an invention of the devil in the fifth issue of The Flagellant (29 March 1792). BACK