3534. Robert Southey to John Rickman, 3 October 
3534. Robert Southey to John Rickman, 3 October *
My dear R.
The odds & ends of time which are bestowed upon this fair-showing (as we should have called it at Westminster) would not have been better employed; – & if you draw from this confession the inference that some of my time is not so well employed as it ought to be, I cannot pretend to deny it, tho I shall not allow that this is any misapplication, for it brings back fine scenes rememberable occurrences & delightful days to my recollection, & Mrs R. & Miss Ann – may probably derive from it the same kind of pleasure. 
Cuthbert has had a somewhat severe illness – a bilious remittent fever, which has made the last ten days a very anxious time. Thank God he is now recovering
I wonder Murray has not put the Peninsular war to the Press.  But I am in no hurry, if he is not. – Where will the troubles of the Peninsula end? I am quite unable to guess.  In Portugal this is clear that any Revolution which totally separates it from Brazil must be an evil, because in the growing importance of that country, it would have a protection, which it cannot expect from any other quarter, especially if its politics takes (as seems likely) an Anti-Anglican character, – always the mark of liberal opinion in Portugal. Our Government ought to be told that this revolution has been brought about thro the English Press – a curse to other countries as well as its own – four Portugueze Journals were printed here at one time, of which two were Jacobinical in the extreme, & a third Revolutionary: and all, even the fourth (which was set up as a counter-poise by Funchal the Ambassador) laboured to exasperate the Portugueze against the English.  Yet this was allowed – while the Ministers had an Alien Bill,  under which they might have sent these incendiaries packing.
God bless you
* Address: To/ J Rickman Esqre
MS: The Southern Historical Collection, Wilson Library, The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, James Saxon Childers Papers. ALS; 4p. (c).
Dating note: Year is identified from contents. BACK
 Southey had sent Rickman a fair copy of part of his travel journal from their tour of Scotland, 17 August–1 October 1819, later published as Journal of a Tour in Scotland, ed. Charles Henry Herford (1929). Susannah Rickman had accompanied her husband and Southey, though Ann Rickman (b. 1808), her eldest child, had not. BACK
 In Spain, an army revolt in January 1820 led to the re-establishment of the liberal Constitution of 1812 in March 1820, though the country remained divided between Royalists and Liberals. In Portugal, a revolution in August 1820 led to plans to elect a Cortes and demands for the monarchy to return from Brazil, where it had fled in 1807–1808, following the French invasion. BACK
 The ‘Jacobinical’ journals were: Correio Braziliense (1808–1822), a liberal Portuguese journal published in London, no. 3203 in the sale catalogue of Southey’s library; and either Microscopio de Verdades (1814) or O Espelho Politico e Moral (1813–1814). The ‘Revolutionary’ journal was O Portuguez (1814–1822). O Investigador Portuguez em Inglaterra (1811–1819), no. 3409 in the sale catalogue of Southey’s library, was set up as a rival publication, subsidised by Domingo Antonio de Sousa Coutinho, 1st Count and Marquis of Funchal (1760–1833), Portuguese Ambassador in London 1803–1814. BACK