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The Collected Letters of Robert Southey Part 3

969. Robert Southey to Barbara Seton [fragment], 25 July 1804 ⁠* 

I have requested John May to send you the Guerras de Granada [1]  according to your direction. [2]  The translation you ask for is too incorrect to be transcribed. Some day perhaps I may correct it, and send you off a sheet full of such.                   .                    .                     The great work for which you enquire was suspended by the War. The booksellers were panic-struck and wished me to postpone it. [3]  They have recovered and would now willingly commence the undertaking, but it does not suit me at present, for during the intervening twelvemonths I am by a twelvemonths work nearer the end of my history [4]  and the next voyage to Portugal. [5] 


Notes

* MS: MS untraced; text is taken from two fragments published in Ifan Kyrle Fletcher, ‘Robert Southey and Miss Seton’, Times Literary Supplement, no. 1868 (20 November 1937), p. 896. Southey’s letters to Seton were advertised for sale in Kyrle Fletcher’s catalogue no. 57. Their purchaser and current location is unknown.
Dating note: the dating is Fletcher’s. BACK

[1] No. 3537 of the sale catalogue of Southey’s library was Diego de Mendoza (1503–1575), Guerra de Granada hecha por el Rey de Espana Don Felipe II (1674). BACK

[2] For the letter to May, see Southey to John May, 19 July 1804, Letter 967. BACK

[3] Southey had proposed to publish the ‘Bibliotheca Britannica’, a chronological history of all the literature published in Britain that would extend to seven volumes. However, he reported in November 1803 that this plan was abandoned, as ‘Longman wrote to me to postpone it, he being infected with the universal panic.’ See Letter 848 of this edition. BACK

[4] Southey’s ‘History of Portugal’, which was never completed. BACK

[5] Southey’s projected visit to Portugal never took place. BACK

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