1684. Robert Southey to John Rickman, 22 September  *
My dear Rickman
I was about to fold up these the concluding Chapters under cover to Perceval,  – when it occurred to me that he might no longer be in Spain by this time. Where you are, or where the Emperor  is I know not: but this will find him, & if when it finds you, you have not the Emperor at hand to frank it on, – send it in to Bedford, – & he will devise some means of getting a name potential on the cover.
I am putting together the additional notes & the Bibliographical Appendix.
Has Aaron seen the maps to Azaras Voyage? 
I have lost all hope of seeing you this year – & am now not sorry for the disappointment (were it not for the cause) – for our weather having been uninterruptedly bad for the last six weeks.
Duppa will be here for three days next week.
I begin to be impatient for the black letter title page. You I hope will think my book as good as the subject admits of. The next volume will be more interesting, & (I hope) less laborious than this has proved. 
Friday Sept. 22.