2242. Robert Southey to John Rickman, 7 April 1813

2242. Robert Southey to John Rickman, 7 April 1813 ⁠* 

April 7. 1813

My dear R.

You will get my Nelson [1]  I hope next week. The inclosed letter for Bedford  [2]  contains the price of its copy right according to Murrays original agreement. 105 £. But as the work (between him & the printer [3]  rather than me) appears as two volumes instead of one, he engages handsomely enough when it reaches a second edition, [4]  to pay me a similar sum. –

This present sum I send to Grosvenor B. that he may add to it from my forth-coming Exch: receipt enough to <make up the> purchase of 200 3 per cents. – It is better to begin to nx accumulate late than never, – & if I live & continue to enjoy health & eye sight, I doubt not but that, with Gods blessing, I shall do well for my family at last.

I doubt my journey southward must be deferred till the fall: – a xxxxxx delay to which I yield with less reluctance, because my Uncle has an inmate (his sister Miss Tyler) whose presence would keep me from his house.

God bless you


Remember us to Mrs R.


* Address: To/ J Rickman Esqre
Endorsement: Fr./ RS./ 7. April 1813
MS: Huntington Library, RS 204. ALS; 3p.
Unpublished. BACK

[1] Southey’s Life of Nelson (1813). BACK

[2] See Southey to Grosvenor Charles Bedford, 7 April 1813, Letter 2240. BACK

[3] James Moyes (d. 1839), of Greville St, Hatton Garden, London. BACK

[4] The Life went into a second edition in 1814. BACK