630. Robert Southey to John Rickman, 21 November  *
Bridge Street. Nov. 21.
Your letter with the Bill reached me – or rather I reached it – only this morning – & I write only in form to acknowledge it.
Mr Corry opened an interesting conversation with me this morning. he hinted – I suppose the usual method of proposing – that I should write the history of the war in Egypt  – officially – that is with the papers & sanction of government. they want to blaze off with the glory of their victory there. To this I opposed a rumour that Sir Sydney Smith  meant to be his own Commentator. if not – why not I as well as any one else? indeed the rather – because I liked Bonapartes  scheme, & should as justly pay as just an attention to the scales – bearing ever in mind the figure over the Castle Gateway.  if this comes to any thing it will be profitable. you shall hear the earliest tidings.
The packet you allude to as directed here is not yet come. I marvel thereat.
Edith desires to be remembered –