776. Robert Southey to Barbara Seton [fragment], [28
Throughout the winter I had a complaint of my eyes, which I may
fairly estimate at a hundred pounds loss. This was an evil – spring is come
& the complaint is better. I have pored over Chronicles till they have made
me ten times more in love with Portugal than ever, & I often push on another
page that I may the sooner have occasion to return there. This will be in the
winter of next year. My Uncle,
I hope, is fixed there. He does not at least talk of removing, & the factory
have at last raised his salary, which they ought to have done ten years ago.
When once I set foot upon Portuguese ground again, I do not soon quit it.
It would be hard to
say how much of my history  is
done, so many parts are begun at once & so much miscellaneous matter
collected – but I think the full labour of two quartoes is gone thro, tho not
one in a straight forward course. I could show you some passages of such fine
& noble incident as would make the tears start. God Almighty what a people
they were – & what they are come to! Fernam Lopez  the Chronicler whom I am now at work
with, is I think a more delightful writer than Froissart 
* MS: MS
untraced; text is taken from Ifan Kyrle Fletcher, ‘Robert Southey and Miss
Seton’, Times Literary Supplement (1937). Southey’s letters to Seton were
advertised for sale in Kyrle Fletcher’s catalogue no. 57 (1936), Item 332.
Their purchaser and current location is unknown.
Kyrle Fletcher, ‘Robert Southey and Miss Seton’, Times Literary
Supplement, no. 1868 (20 November 1937), 896. BACK
unfinished ‘History of Portugal’. He did not return to Portugal. BACK
 Fernao Lopes (c. 1385-after 1459), Cronica del Rei Dom
Fernando o Noveno Rei de Portugal, no. 3829 in the sale
catalogue of Southey’s library. BACK
 Jean Froissart (c. 1337-c. 1405), Chronicles