3209. Robert Southey to John Murray, 14 November 1818*
Keswick. 14 Nov. 1818
My dear Sir
I expect this night to finish a paper, – in the prosecution of which I have been interrupted by the illness of one of my children. The child is recovering, & I have regained health & spirits, – both which were suffering. The paper will be dispatched by tomorrows post. It is upon the New Churches & Haydons Letter. The Catacombs I must strike off from the list in the heading, – & send you forth by themselves for the present number: for it is better to make two comparatively short articles, than one long one, when there would have been no necessary connection between the one half & the other.  I have spoken a good word for painting, & given Mr Brougham a hard blow by the way.
I shall be at work for you also about the Copy-right question.  And when these subjects are done, my reviewing shall sleep for one or two numbers, while the time which it would have employed shall be given to the Book of the Church.  The Acta Sanctorum  give me both appetite & food. I mean to make a book which xxx may be read by the wisest men for the matter which it contains, & may & ought to be put into the hands of children as a means of impressing them with respect & veneration for the religion of their country.
Whatever success I may have about painting, the artists ought to give me credit for the ardour with which I have pleaded their cause. I have done my best for them, & that with a hearty good will.
Believe me my dear Sir
yrs very truly
* Address: To/ John Murray Esqr/ Albemarle Street/ London
Stamped: KESWICK/ 298
Postmark: E/ 17 NO 17/ 1818
Seal: red wax; arm raising aloft cross of Lorraine
Watermark: R E & S BATH 1814
Endorsements: 1818 Nov 14 Southey, R; Murray 4/11
MS: National Library of Scotland, MS 42551. ALS; 3p.
 Southey’s review of Haydon, New Churches, Considered with Respect to the Opportunities they Offer for the Encouragement of Painting (1818) appeared in Quarterly Review, 23 (July 1820), 549–591. His article ‘Cemeteries and Catacombs of Paris’ appeared in Quarterly Review, 21 (April 1819), 359–398. Southey’s attack on Brougham did not survive into the published text of ‘New Churches’. BACK