2871. Robert Southey to John Rickman [fragment], [November 1816]
2871. Robert Southey to John Rickman [fragment], [November 1816] *
My dear R.
I find in Bp. Burnet that in 1704 the poor rates in most places amounted to a full half of the public taxes.  – Surely in proportion to the wealth & taxation of the country things were w this was worse than it is now.
And now I gird up my loins. 
* Address: [partial] To/ John Rick/
St Step/ N
Endorsement: Novr. 1816.
MS: Huntington Library, RS 298. AL; 2p.
Dating note: Dating from endorsement. BACK
 Gilbert Burnet (1643–1715; DNB), Bishop of Salisbury 1689–1715, Bishop Burnet’s History of His Own Time, 4 vols (London, 1809), IV, p. 54. BACK