3322. Robert Southey to Herbert Hill, 25 June 1819
3322. Robert Southey to Herbert Hill, 25 June 1819*
Keswick. 25 June 1819
I have the pleasure to inform you that on Wednesday last I was delivered of the H. of Brazil, & am as well as can be expected. 
On Wednesday the last portion of MS. was dispatched to Rickman. The press is still four or five sheets astern, & what with additional notes, index & contents a month or five weeks will elapse before the volume is ready for deliverance. You will let Longman know, tell me how many copies you want, – I recollect those for the D. of B.  Sir Charles S.  & John Bell.
Two packets of notes go by this nights post. All that was supererogatory I have of course laid aside because of the size of the volume, – which is such that it must be priced at three guineas. I must soon put together two more volumes of Omniana  for the sake of diminishing my overgrown collections, – in that way they will turn to some account, & prevent me from forgetting many things which I have learnt. – All that I have now to do is to draw up tables of the money, weights &c, (for which your great Memorandum-Book stands me in good stead) & to make a list of Portugueze words occurring in the text, for the use of those readers who do not understand the language.  Rickman advised this
I have now to bring up my Ways & Means, which like those of the nation are somewhat disordered by the unusual exertions that I have lately made. There will be time to get ready a paper for the QR before Rickman <can> summons me to Edinburgh,  – & also time to proceed with the second volume of Wesley,  tho not to compleat it. This however will soon be done, when I gird up my loins to the task. – But I shall from this time look upon the War  as my main business, – in two years I expect to carry it thro the press, & I hope to lay by the whole sum which I am to receive for it.
My household is not as I could wish it to be. Edith still complains of her breast, – & Edith May has shooting pain in the side & back, which tho unconnected with cough or any feverishness, are yet enough to make me apprehensive of ill. – I have ailments myself about which I have written to Harry, – this northern journey is likely to brace me for a time, – such things always have that effect upon my constitution. There is yet a great deal of work before me, which I should like to finish before I go to rest. It would require ten years to do this, – & who can calculate upon ten minutes?
How is your rheumatism? – love to my Aunt & the children –
God bless you
* Address: To/ The Reverend
Herbert Hill/ Worting/ Basingstoke/ Hampshire.
Stamped: KESWICK/ 298
Postmark: E/ 28 JU 28/ 19
MS: Keswick Museum and Art Gallery, WC 182. ALS; 3p.
 Southey’s History of Brazil, 3 vols (London, 1810–1819), III, p. 879, bore the final date ‘Keswick, June 23d, 1819’ – the Wednesday before this letter was written. BACK
 Sir Charles Stuart, 1st Baron Stuart de Rothesay (1779–1845; DNB), Envoy Extraordinary and Minister Plenipotentiary to Portugal 1810–1814, Ambassador to France 1815–1824, 1828–1830, Ambassador to Russia 1841–1844. BACK
 Southey created two manuscript volumes of ‘Collections for the History of Brazil’, no. 3154 in the sale catalogue of his library, but these were not published. BACK
 ‘Explanation of such Portuguese, Spanish, and other Foreign Words, as are used in the Text’ and ‘Table of Weights, Measures, and Money’, History of Brazil, 3 vols (London, 1810–1819), III, pp. 899–900. BACK
 Southey visited Scotland, in the company of John Rickman and Thomas Telford, from 17 August until 1 October 1819; see Journal of a Tour in Scotland in 1819, ed. Charles Harold Herford (1929). BACK