1257. Robert Southey to John Rickman, 4 January 1807 *
My dear Rickman
I have no more reviewing than a few friendly books, & a few others which came here for my br my brother, but for which his Doctorship had not the fit knowledge. they will soon be done, & with them my reviewing for ever. Don Manuel  is in more forwardness than you suppose. Much I am obliged to omit which was intended – yet as it is, am advancing hard upon the end of the third volume – & then shall stop. the printer  lags, but my last note will spur him. Wynn has been my Franker General during your absence. 
My Pisgah-View of Brazil sheweth it to be a Land of Promise.  It does provoke me when I think of that rascally Scotchman who wrote a brief & bad summary of the Voyage of Columbus & the conquests of Mexico & Peru – & called this a History of America! 
My end in writing now is to beg your help for the inclosed.
Jany 4. 1807.
 Letters from England 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
 With Parliament no longer in session, Rickman’s franking privileges as Secretary to the Speaker of the House of Commons were suspended; see Southey to Charles Watkin Williams Wynn, 8 August 1806, Letter 1208. BACK