2464. Robert Southey to John Rickman, 2 August 
2464. Robert Southey to John Rickman, 2 August  *
My dear R.
I give you joy of your instalment.  May you partake of the longevity which has hitherto been attached to the Table, as well as of its other advantages. 
My bust arrived here to day broken all to pieces, & the inclosed is to set Smith  upon recovering its cost from the carriers. When I see the fragments I am indeed surprized at the modesty of the artists charge.
This evening I begin to transcribe my second vol. of Brazil, to send it to the press as soon forthwith.  About Spain I am totally in the dark, & have very little doubt that Abella is in durance. The Reformers must now make terms with the old King, & play off Carlos against Fernando.  The game would then be in their favour. Meantime the colonies are left to themselves, & cruelties & excesses of every kind are laying them waste.
Of my poem  there remain 15 sheets to print, of which the printer has the larger half in his hands, & the rest I hope are on their way home from their travels. You will receive it in about five weeks. It is a poem sui generis.  Its character deeply tragical, – but every where rather of an elevating than a distressing nature. – Remember me to Mrs R. – I wish you would tell me that you were about to bring her to Keswick.
God bless you
* Address: To/ John Rickman Esqre/ Palace Yard/
Endorsement: RS/ 2 Aug 1814
Stamped: KESWICK/ 298
Postmarks: E/ 5 AU 5/ 1814; FREE/ 5 AU 5/ 1814
MS: Huntington Library, RS 230. ALS; 2p.
 Rickman had been appointed Second Clerk Assistant at the Table of the House of Commons, taking his place on 23 July 1814. BACK
 John Ley (1733–1814), Deputy Clerk of the House of Commons, had died on 13 June 1814 after 47 years service. His death required a rearrangement of offices that included Rickman’s promotion. BACK
 James Smith (1775–1815) was the sculptor of the bust of Southey. The inclosed letter to Smith does not seem to have survived. BACK
 Charles IV (1748–1819; King of Spain 1788–1808), who had abdicated on 19 March 1808, and his eldest son, and successor, Ferdinand VII (1784–1833; King of Spain 1808 and 1813–1833), who had been restored in 1813. Ferdinand had suppressed the Constitution of 1812 on 4 May 1814 and had become absolute ruler of Spain. BACK