2272. Robert Southey to John Rickman, 20 June [1813]

2272. Robert Southey to John Rickman, 20 June [1813] ⁠* 

My dear R.

Will you send me the yearly accounts for 1811 [1]  – the last trouble the Register will give you. [2]  – It will give me I fear yet a good deal.

My house is in the utmost discomfort. George is dying; – for the last week he has been totally helpless, – & we hope & expect that every hour will be his last. [3]  – I can do little till all is over. You will however see me in town by the middle of next month at latest.

Remember me to Mrs R – & tell little Anne [4]  that we will measure feet when I see her, & that I am sure hers is bigger now than it was when we measured last.

Has the Capitaneus seen an account of Consag the Jesuits voyage to the head of the Gulph of California in 1746. [5]  There is a full account in the x Theatro Americano of Villa-Señor y Sanchez. [6]  – A book printed at Mexico, of which I have Hebers copy. I shall bring it up with me, or send it before me.


June 20.


* Address: To/ John Rickman Esqre
Endorsement: RS./ 20 June 1813
MS: Huntington Library, RS 208. ALS; 2p.
Unpublished. BACK

[1] Edinburgh Annual Register, for 1811, 4.1 (1813), 495–507. BACK

[2] Edinburgh Annual Register, for 1811 (1813) was the last issue to contain contributions from Southey. BACK

[3] George Fricker died on 24 June 1813; see Southey to Charles Danvers, 28 June 1813, Letter 2274. BACK

[4] Ann Rickman (b. 1808). BACK

[5] The Croatian-born Jesuit missionary, explorer and cartographer Ferdinand Konščak (1703–1759), who made the first of three North American expeditions in 1746. BACK

[6] José Antonio de Villaseñor y Sánchez (1703–1759), Theatro Americano: Descripción General de los Reynos, y Provincias de la Nueva-España, y sus Jurisdicciones, 2 vols (Mexico, 1746–1748), II, pp. 275–294. The copy borrowed by Southey was no. 4516 in the sale catalogue of Heber’s library. BACK

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