3612. Robert Southey to John Rickman, 20 January [1821]

3612. Robert Southey to John Rickman, 20 January [1821] ⁠* 

My dear R.

I have devised a hieroglyphic for a great Whig landholder, it is – an Elephant with a Dodo’s head. that <combination> I conceive expressing the great proportion between their power & their intellect.

My hexameters look well in print, & read well. I am finishing the preface & in three weeks you will receive the book [1] 

Pandemonium will have opened when this reaches you. [2] 


20 Jany.


* Address: To/ J Rickman Esqre
Endorsement: Fr RS./ 20 Jany 1821
MS: Huntington Library, RS 406. ALS; 2p.
Previously published: John Wood Warter (ed.), Selections from the Letters of Robert Southey, 4 vols (London, 1856), III, pp. 230–231.
Dating note: Year from endorsement. BACK

[1] Southey’s A Vision of Judgement (London, 1821), pp. xvii–xxii. BACK

[2] The capital of Hell in John Milton (1608–1674; DNB), Paradise Lost (1667) and Southey’s term for the House of Commons. Following the withdrawal of the Bill of Pains and Penalties on 10 November 1820, the government had immediately suspended parliament until 23 January 1821. BACK