674. Robert Southey to Richard Heber, 7 May  *
My dear Sir
The Corpus Poetarum Lusitanorum  is in all probability by this time arrived & lodged in the Custom House. There was an error in the direction committed by the man who packed them – Hebers Brewery – instead of Greens – which would prevent their delivery till enquired for.
Will you trust me with your Amadis de Gaul  till I can procure one – or till I can abridge it – that is till the end of autumn? – Longman & Rees had thoughts of translating Tressans Romances.  I advised them not to do it – because tho he was an able man, his books are too modern, & what is worse – too French. I have engaged to abridge Amadis myself – from the English translation,  & as nearly as possible into the language of that translation – omitting as little of importance as possible, & adding nothing. this is a mere trial – if it succeeds the whole Army of Romances will be proceeded upon in order.  To the Amadis I prefix a Dissertation on the Romances in general. my name is not to appear – & I trust it to you, to explain my reason for asking so long a loan of a Book which the Booksellers have vainly tried to procure. The book shall not be injured. I use books too much ever to abuse them. – but if you either want the work or fear to send it travelling – say so as freely as I have asked it.
May 7. 35. Strand.
* Address: To/ Richard Heber Esqr/ Mrs Hebers/ Green’s Brewery/ Buckingham Gate
Stamped: Two-Penny/ Post/ 46 Strand
Postmark: [partial] 7 o’Clock/ 7 MY/ 1802 LT
MS: Bodleian Library, MS Eng. Lett. d. 215
Previously published: R. H. Cholmondeley (ed.), The Heber Letters 1783-1832 (London, 1950), pp. 183-184. BACK
 Louis Elizabeth de la Vergne de Broussin, Comte de Tressan (1705-1783), whose adaptations and translations of Spanish and Old French chivalric romances included Traduction Libre d’Amadis de Gaule (1780). BACK