2070. Robert Southey to John Rickman, [March 1812]

2070. Robert Southey to John Rickman, [March 1812] ⁠* 

My dear R.

I must answer the first part of Mrs R’s letter, leaving Edith to reply to the rest hereafter. – Roberts’s Editors [1]  seem to have managed matters very ill. the book has been published six months, & I suppose they have left the subscribers to send for their copies; – by which means not one half will ever be called for. The better way will be for Mrs R. to send to Longmans (he being the publisher) for those as many copies as she can distribute, & to desire those friends who are not within her reach to give orders for the book to their booksellers.

Will you supply me with the Accounts for 1810. [2]  I can cut them down, according to the pattern which you set in 1809. But if this be not many minutes work, it would save delay & heavy postage between this & Edinburgh, if you would mark the omissions as you did last year, & frank them direct to Mr James Ballantyne. Printer. Edinburgh.

Canning seems to be playing a new game. Does he mean to become the head of the headless opposition, – or to make a third party with M. Wellesley? – What has made the Marquis resign? [3]  [remainder of MS missing]


* Address: To/ John Rickman Esqr
Endorsement: RS./ March 1812; Dec. 1812
MS: Huntington Library, RS 182. AL; 2p.
Dating note: the precise date of this letter cannot be determined, but the content suggests that the endorsement of ‘March 1812’ is correct, rather than that of ‘Dec. 1812’. BACK

[1] Paul Moon James and Edward Hogg, editors of Poems and Letters of William Isaac Roberts (1811). Southey and Susannah Rickman had canvassed for subscribers; see Robert Southey to [Susannah] Rickman, [c. 26 March 1810], Letter 1766. BACK

[2] Edinburgh Annual Register, for 1810, 3.2 (1812), 369–381. The ‘pattern’ was set in Edinburgh Annual Register, for 1809, 2.1 (1811), ‘Appendix’, i–viii. BACK

[3] Marquis Wellesley had resigned as Foreign Secretary on 16 January 1812. His main difference with the Cabinet was over Catholic Emancipation. Canning had not been in the government since 1809 and he, too, favoured Catholic Emancipation. BACK