1602. Robert Southey to John Murray, 18 March 1809 *
Portugueze literature is a good subject, & this text for it is sufficient.  With respect to North America,  there are several books which I ought to have before me – the Travels of Wansey,  Weld,  Rouchefoucald  & Janson,  Mrs Grants Memoirs of an American Lady,  & the collected edition of Franklins works:  – literature should make a part of the sketch, & I should wish to have Dwights Greenfield Hill,  which I believe Johnson  republished (I have his Conquest of Canaan)  – & the late edition of Joel Barlowes Poem of which there was a reviewal in some of the last Monthly Magazines.  I have the first edition at hand, but he has so compleatly altered it as to make it a new poem.  I require more preparation for this subject than almost for any other, for tho I have read much to the purpose, it has not been with any particular view; but it will <however> be an interesting task to show in how the Americans differ from us, & what causes have produced that difference, & my second-sight promises an amusing article.
Can you not obtain a reviewal of the Welsh Archaiology from Turner ?  You do well to look for subjects & then find texts for them. A history of the English stage dramas might be written upon Mrs Inchbalds collection;  – an essay on fictitious narrative upon Ballantynes collection of novels.  I wish a text could be found which would serve to introduce a life of John Wesley. 
I shall certainly not be in London this year, whether or not in the next is very doubtful.
The work on New Zealand was not in the parcel.  – this however is not wanted till I resume the article.  It will bear little or no resemblance to the preceeding one, – for it involves no controversy: the subject divides itself into a history of the mission, a view of the state of society in Polynesia & of the great changes which are operating there, & speculations upon the best mode of counteracting the evils to be apprehended.
I am Sir
Yours truly & respectfully
Keswick. March 18. 1809.
* Address: To/ Mr Murray/ Fleet
Stamped: KESWICK/ 298
Postmark: E/ MAR2/ 1809
Watermark: J BUDGEN/ 1805
Endorsement: 1809 March 18th Keswick/ Southey. Robert –
MS: National Library of Scotland, MS 42550. ALS; 3p.
 Southey’s next review was of Extractos em Portuguez e em Inglez; com as Palavras Portuguezas Propriamente Accentuadas, para Facilitar o Estudo d’Aquella Lingoa (1808) in the Quarterly Review, 1 (May, 1809), 268–292. BACK
 François-Alexandre-Frédéric, Duc de La Rochefoucauld-Liancourt (1747–1827), Travels Through the United States of North America: the Country of the Iroquois, and Upper Canada, in the Years 1795, 1796, and 1797; With an Authentic Account of Lower Canada (1799). BACK
 Benjamin Franklin (1706–1790), Works of the Late Doctor Benjamin Franklin: Consisting of his Life Written by Himself, Together with Essays, Humorous, Moral & Literary, Chiefly in the Manner of the Spectator (1793). BACK
 Elizabeth Inchbald (1753–1821; DNB), The British Theatre; or a Collection of Plays Acted at the Theatre Royal, Drury-Lane, Covent Garden and Haymarket (1806–1809), a twenty-five-volume collection of plays with critical introductions. BACK
 John Savage (b. 1770), Some Account of New Zealance: Particularly the Bay of Islands, and Surrounding Country, with a Description of the Religion and Government, Language, Arts, Manufactures, Manners and Customs of the Natives, &c. (1807). BACK
 Phillips published the compendium A Collection of Modern and Contemporary Voyages & Travels: Containing, I. Translations from Foreign Languages, of Voyages and Travels Never Before Published. II. Original Voyages and Travels Never Before Published. III. Analyses of New Voyages and Travels Published in England (1805–1809). This was no. 2234 in the sale catalogue of Southey’s library. BACK