1992. Robert Southey to John Murray, 1 December 1811 *
Keswick. Dec 1. 1811.
My dear Sir
I cannot send you Chalmers  for this number, & perhaps the length of the first article renders it less desirable than it otherwise might be, – for that also must necessarily be of considerable extent. You have Montgomery now in your hands,  – & if another short article will be of use it may be got ready, – either the American Sillimans Travels,  – or the account of the Zetlands,  – both which have lain too long on my shelves, – or Eltons Poems,  – or Mitfords Agnes,  – which is a volume of high promise. Only let me know if any of these are in other hands.
I am making daily progress with Nelson,  & before the end of the month shall be able to send you half the work. My receipt for doing much, is to have many things in hand, & to lay any one aside as soon whenever I do not get on with it to my satisfaction. Bell & the Dragon is also in forwardness. 
The carriage of your last parcel was again charged to me, tho distinctly marked as paid. This has been now so often repeated as to show that it is a regular system of fraud.
I was very sorry to receive with the proof an intimation of Mr Giffords illness.
believe me my dear Sir
Yrs very truly
* Address: To/ Mr Murray/ Fleet Street/ London./Proof Sheet inclosed
Stamped: KESWICK/ 298
Postmark: E/ 4 DE 4/ 1811
Endorsement: 1811 Decr 1st/ Southey R
MS: National Library of Scotland, MS 42550. ALS; 2p.
 Alexander Chalmers (1759–1834; DNB), The Works of the English Poets, from Chaucer to Cowper (1810), reviewed by Southey in Quarterly Review, 11 (July 1814), 480–504; and Quarterly Review, 12 (October 1814), 60–90. BACK
 The poet, translator, theologian and occasional reviewer for the Quarterly Review, Charles Abraham Elton (1778–1853; DNB). Elton, like Southey, was Bristol-born. In 1810 he published Tales of Romance, with Other Poems. Southey did not review it for the Quarterly. BACK