2924. Robert Southey to Grosvenor Charles Bedford, 21 February 1817

2924. Robert Southey to Grosvenor Charles Bedford, 21 February 1817⁠* 

Dear G.

Send me the MS of my emasculated paper. [1]  I will see whether the castrations cannot be put into fit shape for the New Times. [2] 

The last proof of Brazil goes back by this post: – so you will have the volume in the course of a few days. [3] 

Lord Sheffield offers me papers about Spain [4]  – they relate to the South, where Sir Wm Clinton [5]  his son in law was second in command.


21 Feby. 1817.


* Address: To/ G. C. Bedford Esqre/ Exchequer
Endorsement: 21 Feb. 1817
MS: Bodleian Library, MS Eng. Lett. d. 47. ALS; 2p.
Unpublished. BACK

[1] Southey’s article ‘Parliamentary Reform’, which appeared in censored form in Quarterly Review, 16 (October 1816), 225–278 (published 11 February 1817). BACK

[2] A newspaper supported by government money with the aim of attacking radical critics, and edited by John Stoddart (1773–1856; DNB). Stoddart had been editor of The Times until dismissed, at the end of 1816 for the intemperate Toryism of his articles. Southey did not publish his unexpurgated Quarterly article in The New Times. BACK

[3] The second volume of Southey’s History of Brazil (1810–1819) appeared in 1817. BACK

[4] See Robert Southey to John Baker Holroyd, 1st Earl of Sheffield, 8 May 1817 (Letter 2990) for Southey’s reply to this offer of papers that might be useful in compiling his History of the Peninsular War (1823–1832). BACK

[5] General Sir William Henry Clinton (1769–1846; DNB), commander of the 1st Division in Spain 1812–1813 and commander-in-chief of British forces in eastern Spain 1813–1814. Clinton had married in 1797 Louisa Dorothea Baker Holroyd (1776–1854), daughter of John Baker Holroyd, 1st Earl of Sheffield. BACK

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