954. Robert Southey to John Rickman, [c. 16 June
I do not like making so free with you as to make free with the Emperor of the Franks  for my own
convenience. but the inclosed relates to the drawings for Madoc,  & it would neither be proper to tax Duppa
with a double letter on my business nor yet decorous to say post paid on the direction.
There was a line in Madoc about a cat-a-mountain – which so many objected to that I have altered it to some mountain
marten in honour <remembrance> of your favourite. 
We go on well – I, Edith & the Edithling. only when the child starts at a light sound, as she frequently does – it gives
me an ominous apprehension lest the brain be prematurely susceptible.
* Address: To/ John Rickman Esqr
Endorsement: RS./ June circa 16:/ 1804
MS: Huntington Library, RS 59. ALS; 2p.
 ‘Southey’s nickname for the Speaker of the House of Commons, Charles
Abbott, who had the power to frank mail. Rickman, his secretary, used this facility on Southey’s behalf. BACK
 On the drawings Southey
commissioned his friends to provide for engraving as illustrations to Madoc (1805), see letters 897, 904, 906 and
1010 in this edition. BACK
Madoc (1805), Part 1, Book 12, lines 121–122: ‘the bonnet last, / Formed of some forest martin’s costly