2617. Robert Southey to Grosvenor Charles Bedford, 17 June 1815
2617. Robert Southey to Grosvenor Charles Bedford, 17 June 1815 *
My dear Grosvenor
I have made Ballantyne hunt up some more of the MS  for you; & this no doubt is all that will be recovered. – The other MS.  you will either give the Docstor, unless you are disposed to visit Streatham. It is the last portion I shall trouble you with, – for by writing in smaller books I can make them passable in Rickmans franks.
They have made me member of another Academy in Spain. The R A. of History;  this would be very useful to me were I to visit that country. My Titulo  is a most exquisite specimen of writing upon vellum.
Was it you who sent me a Courier the other day? – I have the Courier regularly. The paper in question was f inclosed like a letter, & therefore chargeable for <as> “not open at the sides.”
Longman was to send you the Minor Poems.  If any body asks you why I have not affixed my official designation to them, the answer is that it had no business there, – there being but two pieces in the book written as by the Laureate. 
I wish Murray would engage me to turn the Egyptian article into a history of the Expedition in one volume – like Nelson.  But this is between ourselves. The wish must come from him. It would make a fine insulated story. I have not returned the documents, – in a half sort of hope that this may come into his head.
God bless you
17 June 1815.
 A MS of the History of Brazil; Southey was working on the second and third volumes, which appeared in 1817 and 1819 respectively. BACK
 ‘Ode, Written During the Negociations with Bonaparte in January, 1814’ and ‘Ode, Written in December 1814’, Minor Poems, 3 vols (London, 1815), II, pp. 217–238. BACK