3540. Robert Southey to William Lisle Bowles [fragment], 16 October 1820
3540. Robert Southey to William Lisle Bowles [fragment], 16 October 1820*
Keswick 16 Oct. 1820.
… If you were to see the manner in which Gifford has mutilated every paper of mine which has past thro his hands, you would marvel at my patience. But in truth I am weary of remonstrating with him; whenever I have complained he has apologised & promised that he will make no alteration in future without my consent & approbation, – & in the next number he is at the same work again … 
* MS: MS
untraced; text is taken from W. L. Renwick, ‘Southeyana’, Durham University Journal, 33
Previously published: W. L. Renwick, ‘Southeyana’, Durham University Journal, 33 (1940), 69.
Note on text: This letter fragment and Letter 3541 were possibly originally part of one letter sent by Southey to Bowles. The autograph manuscript of neither fragment has been traced, and because of this we have decided to publish them here as two separate letters. BACK
 Southey was particularly annoyed by Gifford’s latest changes to his review of Benjamin Haydon, New Churches, Considered with Respect to the Opportunities they Offer for the Encouragement of Painting (1818), which appeared in Quarterly Review, 23 (July 1820), 549–591, published 5 October 1820. BACK