1957. Robert Southey to [John Adamson], 21 September 1811

1957. Robert Southey to [John Adamson], 21 September 1811 ⁠* 

Keswick. Sept. 21. 1811.

My dear Sir

I have this day received the Lusitania Transformada, [1]  but the other books which you mention as having been sent by Sir Robt Porter [2]  have not reached me. [3]  Will you have the goodness to learn from him to whose care he consigned them, that I may make enquiry with as little delay as possible. I am sorry it so happened that I was in London when Sir Robert visited this country, – for it would have given me great pleasure to have made an acquaintance with him.

I sincerely congratulate you upon your good fortune; which <& this> I should not do if I believed literary pursuits to be incompatible with the business of active life. [4]  The busiest of us can create leisure for his amusements & gratifications, – happy therefore are they who find their chief pleasure in cultivating their intellect & ennobling their own nature.

Believe me my dear Sir

Yours with true esteem

Robert Southey.


* MS: Gen MSS [Misc], Princeton University Library. ALS; 1p.
Unpublished. BACK

[1] Fernao Alvares do Oriente (c. 1540– c. 1600), Lusitania Transformada, a bucolic narrative in prose and verse dealing with Portuguese imperial expansion and national moral decline. Southey owned a copy of the 1781 edition, no. 3169 in the sale catalogue of his library. BACK

[2] The painter, writer and diplomat Sir Robert Ker Porter [pseud. Reynold Steinkirk] (1777–1842; DNB). He had accompanied Sir John Moore (1761–1809; DNB) during his campaign in the Peninsula and been present at the general’s death at Corunna. BACK

[3] The ‘other books’ eventually reached Southey on 15 October; see Southey to John Adamson, 15 October 1811, Letter 1967. BACK

[4] Adamson’s recent appointment as Under-Sheriff of Newcastle, a post he held until 1835. BACK

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