2347. Robert Southey to John Murray, 14 December 1813 *
Keswick. Dec 14. 1813
My dear Sir
The last campaign  affords good matter for a summary narration, & for reflections upon what good may now be expected to result from so many years of convulsion, havoc & misery.
My Ode, or rather Carmen Annuum (for so I have called <it> that something answering the common notion of an Ode may not be expected) will appear in a separate pamphlet on New Years Day.  I have hinted to Longman that our History  might perhaps with advantage be announced at the end of this publication: – & if the points in discussion between you are not xxx definitively settled, – they may be waived on this occasion, by xxx xx xx for what is required here is to say that such a work is in hand, & give the introductory xxx prospectus, – leaving the manner of publication &c for future notice, – & making this first announcement from the author alone. – Of course I care for this no otherwise than as such an announcement may give publicity to the design, – & if there be any possible objection to it, however slight it may be it will overweigh any desire I can have upon the subject.
You were kind enough to say you would make up the set of the Somers Tracts which Scott sent me thro Ballantyne.  The volumes which I have received are the 1st. 2d. 4th. 8th & 9th. – Will you also send me the Quarterlies from No 16 inclusive, as I have transferred these later numbers to my brother.
M. Staels is a delightful book.  She has studied in a good school, & when she knows as much of England as she does of Germany, she will rank as high in the moral, but low in the intellectual scale. I could say much to her on this subject
I have Duppas last edition of his pamphlet on the Copyright question,  & will procure the Reports of the Committee.  I have also Turners pamphlett.  Send me any thing else, & I will do my best to expose the impudent injustice of this barefaced robbery. 
believe me my dear Sir
Yrs very truly
* Address: To/ John Murray Esqr/ Albemarle Street/
Stamped: KESWICK/ 298
Postmark: E 17 DE 17 1813
Watermark: C WILMOTT/ 1807
Endorsement: Southey R. Esqr/ 14 Decr 1813
MS: National Library of Scotland, MS 42551. ALS; 3p.
 Scott was the editor of John Somers, Baron Somers (1651–1716; DNB), A Collection of Scarce and Valuable Tracts, published in 13 volumes from 1809–1815. Southey’s copy was no. 2613 in the sale catalogue of his library. BACK
 Anne Louise Germaine de Staël-Holstein (1766–1817), De l’Allemagne (1813). Southey had met de Staël in London earlier in 1813 and she had presented him with a copy; no. 2731 in the sale catalogue of his library. BACK