798. Robert Southey to John
Rickman, [20 June 1803]
I thank you for your letter – which has made the whole matter
plain to me.
Danvers has business which calls
him to London. & I have agreed to set out with him on Sunday next. now will
you have the goodness to take a bedroom & sitting room for him in your
neighbourhood – xxx I think Manchester Buildings
would be a good situation. poor fellow, his spirits are far worse than they were
at the time of his mothers death. his
whole habits of life are broken up – & he is distressed about an unhappy
& unthrift brother  who will be a burthen upon him as long as he lives. I
should not have gone to town so soon had not he been very desirous that I should
accompany him. – if it should be anyways inconvenient to you to receive me, only
let me know in time & my departure may be postponed – if not – you will see
<me> on Monday next in the forenoon.
Spanish America & Brasil pant for a free trade – & that
is all they pant for. they will not readily enter into any friendly connection
with England, for both countries are as deplorably bigotted now as Spain was a
hundred & fifty years ago – & in the Spanish main they detest us for the
recollection of the Buccaneers. Lisbon has a better security than this check. it
is supplied with corn by sea for 39 weeks in the year, & if the French take
it they must be starved – & if they go to make the natives work to prevent
that, I suspect the Portugueze will <prefer> using the snick-a-snee  – to the spade or the plough.
If I was really afraid of invasion I should leave Bristol – as
the most exposed part of the Island. if the French can come any where it must be
up this channel.
in haste –
* Endorsement: June 20.
MS: Huntington Library, RS 36
 Probably the
surgeon and apothecary, John Danvers (d. 1812), then of Woolwich,
London, declared bankrupt in The National Register (3 July
1808), 426. BACK
 ‘snickersnee’, slang term for a large