2241. Robert Southey to John Murray, 7 April 1813 *
Keswick. April 7. 1813
My dear Sir
This evening I have received your draft for one hundred guineas, – for the copy-right of the Life of Nelson.  I thank you for it, & I thank you also for your promise of a similar sum, in case a second edition of the work should be printed. – The one & twenty-pounder volume,  with the other books which supplied materials for this narrative, will be sent off tomorrow by the waggon.
The articles upon the Faroe Islands  & Iceland  would advantageously be melted down & recast in your proposed work,  – & there is some gold-lace of mine in the Annual Review  which would burn well for the same purpose. The plan is so much to my inclination, & accords so well with my daily course of reading (for I have some scores of volumes marked as if they had been perused expressly for this purpose) – that I shall without delay prepare a note-book to lie upon my table from this time forth.
The most natural arrangement seems to be to begin with Egypt as the oldest country, & make Africa the first division of the work, then Asia Europe & America, placing perhaps the newly discovered parts of the Pacific at the end. – if this arrangement were adopted
This will no doubt soon shape itself in my mind, – xx indeed I have already taken a “Pisgah view” of the road,  & when the form of publication is settled I shall not be backward in setting to work.
The brick & mortar for the Dissenters is collected, & I shall directly begin to build. 
believe me my dear Sir
Yrs very truly
* Address: To/ John Murray Esqr/ Albemarle Street/
Stamped: KESWICK/ 298
Postmark: E/ 10 AP 10/ 1813
Watermark: C WILMOTT/ 1807
Endorsement: 1813 April 7th/ Southey Robt
MS: National Library of Scotland, MS 42551. ALS; 3p.
 James Stanier Clarke (c. 1765–1834; DNB) and John McArthur (1755–1840; DNB), The Life of Admiral Lord Nelson, K.B. from his Lordship’s Manuscripts (1809). Southey’s estimates of its weight varied between 20 and 21 pounds. BACK
 Southey’s review of Sir George Steuart Mackenzie (1780–1848; DNB), Travels in the Island of Iceland, in the Summer of the Year 1810 (1811) and Sir William Jackson Hooker (1785–1865; DNB), Journal of a Tour in Iceland, in the Summer of 1809 (1811), Quarterly Review, 7 (March 1812), 48–92. BACK
 Southey’s review of David Bogue (1750–1825; DNB) and James Bennet (1774–1862; DNB), The History of Dissenters, from the Revolution in 1688–to the Year 1808 (1812); Walter Wilson (1781–1847; DNB), History and Antiquities of Dissenting Churches (1808–1814); Neal’s History of the Puritans (1812), Quarterly Review, 10 (October 1813), 90–139. BACK