2869. Robert Southey to Henry Herbert Southey, 30 November 1816*
My dear Harry
Of course I shall be very pleased to have Mr Sydenhams papers,  say this for me in the civillest terms you can devise & let them come thro the Grand Murray. They will give me a spur. – unless that opus goes to press it will never be finished, – that I see already, –so I shall set to when the humour comes upon me to compleat the introductory chapter, – & then keep the press going which it will not be difficult to do. 
Sir Doctor xxxxxx it becomes me to have some silver forks, & for the first time in my life I think it is does not misbecome me to afford them. Will you who know how to get these things, get for me two dozen large & a dozen & half small, – with the crest, – & I will send you a draft upon the Long Man for the amount. Silver is not likely to be cheaper than it is at present.  I am in no hurry for them, – as it is very little likely that we shall see any strangers before the summer.
I am very busy prosing & versing. The Tale of Paraguay is for my next years ways & means, & must come out before the summer,  – a half guinea book like the Pilgrimage  – by help of some drawings which Nash is to make for me, from such materials as in Norfolk dialect we found up here.  He is at Sir George Beaumonts now, but will probably reach London in the course of a week or ten days. You will like to see his sketches & a drawing which he has made of Sara & Edith
God bless you
30 Nov. 1816.
 Benjamin Sydenham (1777–1828), a soldier in India and friend of Marquess Wellesley. He was Commissioner of the Board of Excise 1809–1819. He had offered Southey the papers of his brother, Thomas Sydenham (1780–1816), a soldier who served in India and then Spain 1811–1812, before ending his career as Minister Plenipotentiary at Lisbon 1814–1816. He too was a close friend of Marquess Wellesley, with whom he served in India. BACK
 The Coinage Act (1816) had introduced new silver coins (the first minted since 1787) for denominations under £1, but coins that contained less than their face value in silver. This reduced the demand for silver coins to be melted down or exported. BACK