743. Robert Southey to Joseph Cottle, 19 December 1802 *
Hearing from your sister  that you will be here next week I write to beg you will bring with you Smiths  copy of Rowley  xxxxxxx, which I left with the other Chattertoniana. You will probably bring the Chatterton  also for I suppose it must be ready. I shall be obliged to you also for the sheets of Amadis  that are printed. My eyes have been so weak that I have lost a full month & was not sorry Mr Biggs travelled so slowly on his part. now I trust they are recovered, & once more I am escaped the curse of idleness.
I shall have something to shew you when we meet. Amadis takes up too much of my time – I made my agreement without the documents – stipulating to abridge English – & have found it necessary to use black letter Spanish instead. thus has the job altered from what any body could have done, to what scarcely any one but myself can do. I have history  to shew you. some little Madoc  – & part of another romance,  building upon the base of Hindoo belief. we are all tolerably well – Madam Margaret grows bravely & sprawls so like a frog that I verily think she could swim.
God bless you
Sunday 19 Dec. 1802.
* Address: To/ Mr Cottle/ Crane Court/ Fleet Street/ London/
Postmark: B/ DEC 20/ 1802
Watermark: crown with initials KG
Endorsements: Decr 1802; 167 67
MS: Berg Collection, New York Public Library. ALS; 2p.
 Possibly Thomas Woodroffe Smith (c. 1747-1811), a wealthy Quaker merchant, who lived at Stockwell Park, Surrey, near the Bedfords. In 1789 he married, as his second wife, Anne Reynolds (dates unknown) of Carshalton. BACK