1854. Robert Southey to Herbert Hill, 15 January  *
Friday. Jany. 15.
Rocha Pitta  I hope has reached you – I sent with it some of your papers which you may probably like to have at hand.
I have just procured from an Edinburgh Catalogue a book containing three treatises upon the Inquisition, which are said in the title page to have been presented to Innocent XI by Vieyra.  The title says Juntos por hum Anoncino. Em Veneza com Licenza do Santo Officio, na officina de Joaõ Moretin. 1750. & on the back of the title is [MS missing] singular apology for typographical errors, saying that the printers did not understand [MS missing] of Portuguese, & the Editor who spoke it very badly could not correct their [MS missing] such blunders perhaps you never saw in any other work. I have no doubt [MS missing] is English printing. – the preface is manifestly by a Jew, [MS missing] & the tracks, as far as I have yet read, bear no marks whatever of el mismissimo Vieyra en su mesma mesmedad, as he is called in Fr. Gerundio  – I will endeavour by means of D’Israeli,  who is of the synagogue, to find out who was the editor of this curious, but app[MS missing] very useless publication, – for by whom was it to be read!
Have you that Relations of Madagascar Brazil &c  which I see you have read? I sent for it from a catalogue unsuccesfully some twelvemonths ago. Dellon the author of the Rel. de L Inquisicion de Goa  was at both places about half a century afterwards. I have his travels,  & they are some of the best in the French language, & will be very useful in the Hist. of P. Asia.
This chart would have come sooner – but poor Tom could neither stand nor sit to finish it. – The Mauritias  has no plates but what are in Barlaeus  & only such of them as fitted the subject of the poem, – but they are earlier impressions (tho both books are the same date,) – for two or three of the plates are unfinished.
 Antonio Vieira (1608–1697), Relaçaõ Exactissima de Procedimento das Inquiziçõis de Portugal. Presentada a o Papa Ignocencio XI (1750); Southey’s copy was no. 3677 in the sale catalogue of his library. Innocent XI (1611–1689) was Pope 1676–1689. BACK
 . Jose Francisco de Isla y Rojo (1703–1781), Historio del Famoso Predicador Fray Gerundio de Campaza, alias Zotes (Madrid, 1758), p. 190; ‘the great Vieyra himself, in his very identical identity’. Southey’s cites the fictional Gerundio as a by-word for a user of convoluted and ultimately nonsensical language. BACK
 Claude-Barthélemy Morisot (1592–1661), Relations Veritables et Curieuses de l’Isle de Madagascar et du Bresil (1651); Southey later acquired a copy, no. 2363 in the sale catalogue of his library. BACK
 Relation d’un Voyages des Indes Orientales (1685) and Nouvelle Relation d’un Voyages fair aux Indes Orientales (1699); Southey owned a three-volume edition of 1709, no. 814 in the sale catalogue of his library. BACK