3090. Robert Southey to John Rickman, 11 March 1818

3090. Robert Southey to John Rickman, 11 March 1818⁠* 

11 March 1818.

My dear R.

Your finale is very good, & cannot I think be improved. Indeed the whole paper carries such weight with it, that surely some of the truth must make its way. [1] 

When the whole is put together in its proper pages, – if you wished to revise it, I could have the proofs conveyed to you thro Bedford, with perfect secresy. He may be depended upon for that branch of discretion when it is required. When you send back the sheets let me know whether this shall be done.

We have had a succession of gales here, but no hurricane.

God bless you



* Endorsement: RS/ 11 March 1818
MS: Huntington Library, RS 332. ALS; 1p.
Previously published: Orlo Williams, Lamb’s Friend the Census Taker. Life and Letters of John Rickman (Boston and New York, 1912), p. 201 [in part]. BACK

[1] Referring to proofs of Rickman and Southey’s article ‘On the Poor Laws’, Quarterly Review, 18 (January 1818), 259–308. BACK

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