658. Robert Southey to [unknown correspondent; probably Francis Freeling] 22 February  *
My dear Sir
An arrangement may be made with Longman & Rees respecting Chattertons works  which will I think be more beneficial to Mrs Newton  than any thing we can hope to do. They will take upon themselves the edition, & give her 350 copies. these at 18s– (the advance of paper justifies the additional shilling per volume) will produce 315 pounds. after booksellers allowance & the smaller items are deducted there will be a net profit about 250£. I do not think we could possibly raise so much.
I shall write immediately & propose this to Mrs N. if she approve it, & you also think it the most adviseable plan, the agreement may be closed & the volumes immediately sent to Press.
* MS: Princeton University Library, General Manuscripts (Misc.), Box SN-SR, subfolder 5
Correspondent note: Identification of correspondent is not certain. However, Southey’s letter to Charles Danvers, 23 February  (Letter 659), suggests recent contact with Francis Freeling on precisely the topics found in this letter of 22 February . BACK