1202. Robert Southey to John Rickman, 19 July  *
My dear Rickman
I handsel (heaven knows the orthography of that word) my seal upon my brother Harrys thesis. One is directed to Carlisle – one to George Dyer – both having expressed a wish to have one – the third you may look at or not at your before it goes into one of the lateral receptables of your Privy Cabinet, – or while it is there in course of use – at your own pleasure. Being of softer texture than acts of Parliament it is better suited for the xxxxxxxxxx use to which it will be applied.
Country air I hope will effectually restore Mrs R.s health. The rumour concerning Coleridge is false. We believe he is living at Rome under a feigned name as necessary precaution.  this is Stoddarts news. 
Your Sphynx forms an excellent seal. My blackletter is not orthodoxly shaped, & might have been a little larger & a little deeper cut – but I like it well on the whole. 
I am providing a Chronicle of the Cid for English Readers, which is as curious a fiction of manners & society as you have ever seen. 
Turners Review will never fall in my way till I get to London again. I am obliged to him for a friendly shove, which would have been a hearty one had it been in a more effectual place.  But the circulation of that journal cannot be extensive, nor its effect much.
God bless you
Saturday. July 19. —
 Southey’s seal bore the motto ‘In Labore Quies’, meaning ‘In Labour Rest’, borrowed from the sixteenth-century Spanish historian Esteban de Garibay (1533–1600), and also engraved on his bookplate. BACK
 Letters from England by Don Manuel Alvarez Espriella; Translated from the Spanish (1807) was being printed by Richard Taylor (1781–1858; DNB), printer and naturalist, who would go on to establish the publishing firm of Taylor and Francis with his son William Francis (1817–1904; DNB) in 1852. BACK