2856. Robert Southey to Henry Koster, 28 October 1816
2856. Robert Southey to Henry Koster, 28 October 1816*
Keswick. 28 Oct. 1816.
My dear Koster,
You may be sure that if I could with any sense of propriety apply to Lord Lonsdale, I should most readily do it, but my acquaintance with him is not of that kind.  I imagine that there can be no better person to set to work on this occasion than Wm. Burn,  – he has access to the right persons, and with neither be wanting in wile nor in zeal.
In Dr. Aikins Annals of George 3 – under the year 1772 is the following sentence – and nothing more upon the subject. “In Brazil the negro and Indian slaves united assembling in great numbers, advanced against the Portuguese, and various actions ensued attended with much bloodshed”.  Here is one gross error – Indian slavery having no existence at that time: – but pray make enquiry concerning the insurrection.  I am putting together the last chapter of the volume,  a miscellaneous one describing the state of the country, collected from very scattered materials.
God bless you,
* MS: Instituto Historico e Geografico Brasileiro, Rio de Janeiro; text taken from
Previously published: Joaquim de Sousa-Leão, ‘Cartas de Robert Southey a Theodore Koster e Henry Koster, anos de 1804 a 1819’, Revista do Instituto Historico e Geografico Brasileiro, 178 (1943), 49. BACK
 Koster wished Southey to mobilise his connections to obtain a consulship for him in Brazil. BACK
 William Burn (1750–1821) was a friend of the Southeys from their days in Portugal. A member of the Lisbon Factory, he was well-known to Herbert Hill and John May and had first met Southey in Lisbon in 1796. He moved to London in 1806. BACK
 John Aikin, Annals of the Reign of King George III, 2 vols (London, 1816), I, p. 121; no. 20 in the sale catalogue of Southey’s library. BACK
 Probably a reference to the destruction of a quilombo, or community of escaped slaves, at Sao Jose de Maranhao in 1772. BACK