2600. Robert Southey to Henry Herbert Southey, 20 May 1815

2600. Robert Southey to Henry Herbert Southey, 20 May 1815 ⁠* 

Send Wm [1]  with the inclosed, which is on your business. [2]  I have written to Wynn for Lady Carysforts [3]  vote, & to Dr Bell for Mr Pike Watts: [4]  you will take care of the Bishop [5]  yourself, – however as these men like to have a favour asked by as many persons as possible when they mean to grant it, I put him & Sir T. Bernard [6]  under the Drs care. Mr Christian in the Strand, [7]  poor Mrs Wilson here will bespeak for you. I have written to Lord Calthorpe, [8]  to the Bp of Chester [9]  & Wilberforce & shall trouble old Lord Sunderlin & Sir T Ackland. Kindersley [10]  is Mrs Martins cousin, [11]  – I will give her a letter, & then I shall have done my possible. Courtenay & his mother [12]  are on the list, Bedford will speak there for you.

Madoc [13]  is going to press again, & Roderick [14]  travels so fast that they begin to print a third edition forthwith. The second was 1500 copies, of which 527 only are left. If this fair weather were to continue a little while it would bring me int into deep water. They print 2000 of the third.

Atra Nox [15]  can get Col Drinkwater [16]  for you, if it be the right Bibber of the pure element.


20 May 1815.


* Address: To/ Dr Southey/ Queen Anne Street/ Cavendish Square/ London
Stamped: [partial] WOR/ Unpaid/ Charing Cross
Postmark: 10 o’Clock/ 24 MY/ 1815 FNn
MS: Bodleian Library, Don. d. 3. ALS; 2p.
Unpublished. BACK

[1] William was a servant in Henry Herbert Southey’s household. BACK

[2] Henry Herbert Southey was standing for election to the post of Senior Physician at the Middlesex Hospital. BACK

[3] Elizabeth Grenville (1756–1842), Wynn’s aunt and sister of Lord Grenville. She was married to John Joshua Proby, 1st Earl of Carysfort, Irish politician and writer, who had taken some interest in Southey’s early work. BACK

[4] David Pike Watts (1754–1816), a wealthy brewer and vintner. BACK

[5] Shute Barrington (1734–1826; DNB), Bishop of Durham 1791–1826. BACK

[6] Sir Thomas Bernard (1750–1818; DNB), lawyer and philanthropist. BACK

[7] Henry Curwen Christian (1780–1846), a London merchant from an old Cumberland family. His grandfather, Thomas Christian (1696/7–1770), had been Vicar at Crosthwaite, Keswick. BACK

[8] George Gough-Calthorpe, 3rd Baron Calthorpe (1787–1851). BACK

[9] George Law (1761–1845; DNB), Bishop of Chester 1812–1824, Bishop of Bath and Wells 1824–1845. BACK

[10] Nathaniel Edward Kindersley (1763–1831), author of Specimens of Hindoo Literature (1794). BACK

[11] Frances Julia Martin (1776–1854), the wife of Thomas Martin (1769–1850), Liverpool merchant and Secretary to the Royal Liverpool Institution. Kindersley was her first cousin. BACK

[12] Lady Elizabeth Howard (d. 1815), daughter of Thomas Howard, 2nd Earl of Effingham (1714–1763). BACK

[13] Madoc (1805). A fourth edition was printed in 1815. BACK

[14] Roderick, the Last of the Goths (1814). A third edition was printed in 1815. BACK

[15] John William Knox (1784–1862), an usher at Westminster School 1806–1821, clergyman and Latin scholar. BACK

[16] Lieutenant-Colonel John Drinkwater (1762–1844; DNB), military historian and comptroller of army accounts 1811–1836. BACK