1295. Robert Southey to John Rickman, [c. 24 March 1807] *
My dear Rickman
As soon as this packet of letters is made up (writing to you always puts me in mind of a nest of boxes) I shall endite a letter to Biddlecombe, urging him to dispatch the remainder of my straggling chattels, which thank Heaven, are now about to find a resting place  – – When they have reached you, have some fit person to pack up all, – & ship all off for Whitehaven; & do you make a memorandum of all charges against we meet – which I hope will be this summer. This is the last trouble you will have with what has given you more trouble than sits easy upon my conscience. I cannot tell you what a comfort it is to me to feel that I have pitched my tent & I am not sorry that the ousting of all the Talents will take away the only grounds on which every one <belonging to me> could blame my resolution.  – I am as busy in arranging currants & gooseberry bushes & raspberry & strawberry plants as George III in arranging a new ministry, & have good hopes that my arrangement will produce better fruit than his:, – & this occupation pleases me so well, that I lay down the pen almost too often & take up the spade – which it is true I do not handle quite so well – however I can dig.
If a new parliament puts any thing in your pocket I will wish for one, – because in that case a new parliament does some good – which an old one very rarely does to anybody –
God bless you
The MSS. had better all travel by waggon – & perhaps it would be best to make up a box of the old Spanish & Port: books to come by land also. Many of them – especially the little books of poetry it would be very difficult to replace, – & if ever my books come to sale when I am gone will fetch a very high price – It is right therefore to pay higher carriage by way of insuring them as valuables.
* Address: To/ John Rickman Esqr.
Endorsement: RS./ Beginning. Ap. 1807.
MS: Huntington Library, RS 110. ALS; 2p.
Dating note: Dating from internal evidence and JR’s endorsement; pencil addition on MS folder has ‘10 April?’ BACK
 Southey was arranging to have his books shipped to Keswick; see Southey to John Rickman, 23 February , Letter 1278. For the letter to Biddlecombe, see Southey to Charles Biddlecombe, 25 March 1807, Letter 1297. BACK