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The Collected Letters of Robert Southey Part 3

1029. Robert Southey to Henry Herbert Southey, 26 January 1805 ⁠* 

Dear Harry

I need not say that your letter vexed me. you have by this time learnt from mine [1]  that John May so far from witholding my Uncles money – advances his own. the fault is with Dr Thomas. 140 £ he expends upon Edward. 50 £ more upon the same account Miss Tyler made my Uncle send her for his first fitting out – when by the living God she did not expend fifteen upon him. There was 190 in one year bestowed upon a boy, upon whom four pence would have been thrown away if given in any other shape than that of a halter. – I have written to John May & desired him to remit you 20 £ which with the last ten & the ten he sent in November will be 40 for the quarter [2] Wm Taylors remittance of 25 with the regular 10 will make 35 for the next. – 75 for the half year – the regular sum. John May is as desirous that your supply should be regular as I am, & we are doing all in our power to secure regular returns from Herefordshire. What trouble I take in these affairs is wholly on your account as I receive nothing from my Uncle myself. Things unless we very much deceive xourselves will certainly be settled speedily, now that they are in a lawyers hands.

Your volume of Fourcroy [3]  is found – if it be the 9th

The printers delay is very tiresome & not a little injurious. [4]  The season is passing by. My volume from the Anthology is advertised [5]  – & has variety enough to make it sell – but publication is a mere lottery

Do not lose sight of the Crusades. [6]  You are young enough to learn Arabic with a view that way. half an hour [before] daily, won by rising half an hour {earlier} every morning, would set you upon your legs in the language in the course of twelvemonths. Three fourths of Madoc were written in hours so won from sleep, & I shall practice the same oeconomy of time this spring – or my finances will fall wofully short at the years end.

God bless you

R.S.

Sunday 26 Jany 1805.


Notes

* Address: To/ H. H. Southey Esqr/ Mr John Guthrie – Bookseller/ Nicholson Street/ Edinburgh –/ Single
Endorsements: 1805; H. H. Southey/ 1805
Stamped: KESWICK/ 298
Postmarks: [illegible]
MS: Bodleian Library, MS Don. D3
Unpublished. BACK

[1] See Southey to Henry Herbert Southey, 24 January 1805, Letter 1025. BACK

[2] See Southey to John May, 26 January 1805, Letter 1028. BACK

[3] Antoine François, Comte de Fourcroy (1755–1809), a French doctor and chemist. It is not known which work by him Southey is referring to. He was the author of The Philosophy of Chemistry (1792, tr. 1795) and A General System of Chemical Knowledge (1801–1802; tr. 1804). BACK

[4] The Edinburgh firm of James Ballantyne was taking longer than planned to print Madoc (1805). BACK

[5] Southey’s contributions to the Annual Anthology (1799–1800) were republished under his own name in Metrical Tales and other Poems (1805). BACK

[6] Henry Southey had expressed a wish to write a history of the crusades; see Southey to William Taylor, 9 March 1805, Letter 1046. BACK

Published @ RC

August 2013