2993. Robert Southey to William Westall, 8 May 
2993. Robert Southey to William Westall, 8 May  *
My dear Westall
I called on Murray yesterday, but could not find him. I saw him today, – & he is very desirous to treat with you about your book.  I earnestly exhort you to set about it seriously as soon as you go into the country. You cannot fail of producing that which will interest every sound judgement & every good heart. I do not think you will stand in need of the slightest assistance, xx but you know me enough to trust I believe that in offering you any assistance in my power I mean what I say.
In the course of ten weeks I hope to meet you at Keswick, & we will have a day upon Saddleback, men, women, & children, & dine by the side of the Tarn. 
Thursday af[MS missing]
* Address: To/ Wm Westall Esqre/ 61 Warren Street/ Fitzroy Square
Stamped: Unpaid Marybnxxx
Postmark: [partial] Clock MY N
MS: Berg Collection, New York Public Library. AL; 2p.
Dating note: Year from content. BACK
 Murray published in 1818 a volume of Westall’s engravings: Views of the Caves near Ingleton, Gordale Scar and Malham Cove. BACK
 The excursion with Westall from Greta Hall to Blencathra (Saddleback) and to ‘Threlkeld’ (Scales) tarn is described in Southey’s Sir Thomas More: or, Colloquies on the Progress and Prospects of Society, 2 vols (London, 1829), II, pp. 153–155. An engraving after Westall’s drawing of the tarn appears opposite p. 153. BACK