1620. Robert Southey to John Murray, 28 April  *
Keswick April 28.
I am grievously interrupted in getting ready for your Review. My little boy was seized on Tuesday with the croop, – there is – God be praised – great reason to believe he will recover, – still the agitation which I have suffered & am still suffering has utterly incapacitated me for any exertion. – The article is nearly finished,  – three days would compleat it, – I am not a rapid writer, – it is by being an assiduous one that I am able to do much. – It shall be finished as soon as I am, literally, able to finish it, & sent off without delay. – As the sketch of Portugueze literature extends to a sheet & half,  – & you will not have calculated upon more than two sheets from me, I hope this unavoidable failure on my part will not put you to any inconvenience.
Yrs very truly
Do not send me the second number till there be something to come with it. – Its carriage amounts to more than its price.
* Address: To Mr Murray/ Bookseller/ Fleet Street/ London
Stamped: KESWICK/ 298
Postmark: E/ MAY1/ 1809
Endorsement: 1809 April 28th/ Southey. R. Keswick
MS: National Library of Scotland, MS 42550. ALS; 2p.