698. Robert Southey to Samuel Taylor Coleridge [fragment], 25 July 1802 

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698. Robert Southey to Samuel Taylor Coleridge [fragment], 25 July 1802 ⁠* 

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Here I have meantime a comfortable home, and books enough to employ as much time as I can find for them; my table is covered with folios, and my History [1]  advances steadily, and to my own mind well. No other employment pleases me half so much; nevertheless, to other employment I am compelled by the most cogent of all reasons. I have a job in hand for Longman and Rees, which will bring me in 60l., a possibility of 40l., and a chance of a farther 30l.; this is an abridgement of Amadis of Gaul into three duodecimos, with an essay, – anonymously and secretly: [2]  if it sell, they will probably proceed through the whole library of romance. [3]             .            .            .            .            .            .            In poetry I have, of late, done very little, some fourscore lines the outside; still I feel myself strong enough to open a campaign, and this must probably be done to find beds, chairs, and tables for my house when I get one.


Notes

* MS: MS untraced; text is taken from Charles Cuthbert Southey (ed.), Life and Correspondence of Robert Southey, 6 vols (London, 1849-1850)
Previously published: Charles Cuthbert Southey (ed.) Life and Correspondence of Robert Southey, 6 vols (London, 1849-1850), II, pp. 184-185 [in part]. BACK

[1] Southey’s projected ‘History of Portugal’. BACK

[2] Southey’s translation Amadis of Gaul, published in 1803. BACK

[3] Sales of Amadis were good enough for Longman and Rees to commission and publish Southey’s four-volume translation of Palmerin of England (1807) and the Chronicle of the Cid (1808). However, his plan for a ‘whole library’ of romance translations did not materialise. BACK

Published @ RC

August 2011