2368. Robert Southey to John Rickman, 22 January 1814 *
Keswick. 22 Jany. 1814
My dear R.
When this will reach you Heaven knows. The mail which was due yesterday has not arrived yet, – & to have the mails stopt was all that was wanting to compleat the dolorousness of our Icelandish winter.
I have lately received a good cargo of new books from Portugal, where the Academy  have resumed their labours with good effect. Under an awkward title they have begun a collection of xxxxx voyages & travels &c relating to their own discoveries & colonies.  Good part of these are mere translations from Ramusio:  – but they have discovered the original of Duarte Barbosa  which was thought to be lost, & brought to light some Brazilian papers: – & a great deal may be expected as the work proceeds. I will not fail to let the Capitaneus know if any thing which concerns him should turn up.
 Duarte Barbosa (d. 1521) interpreter in India c. 1501–1516, whose ‘Livro de Duarte Barbosa’, written c. 1516, is one of the earliest examples of travel writing in Portuguese. A MS of the ‘Livro’ was discovered in the early nineteenth century and published in 1813 in Collecçaõ de Noticias para a Historia e Geografia das Nações Ultramarinas que vivem nos Dominios Portuguezes, 2 vols (Lisbon, 1812–1813), II, no. VII, pp. –394. BACK