3756. Robert Southey to John Rickman, [shortly after 8 December 1821]
3756. Robert Southey to John Rickman, [shortly after 8 December 1821] *
My dear R.
I send Pople a packet of scraps, which xxxx scraps require an inclosure. They conclude my labours with this reprint. 
The Capt. was so much broken when I was last in town that I thought it little likely I should ever see him again. His death was of that kind which one must needs wish for oneself. But of course I did not xxx see it in the newspapers without a natural shock.  – Poor man; I am reading Kotzebues  voyage, & the thought constantly occurs how interested he, above all men, would have been with it.
The Printers are pursuing me, – or I should have sent more journal  –
God bless you
* MS: Huntington Library, RS 421.
Dating note: The content indicates that the letter was written shortly after that to Herbert Hill, 8 December 1821, Letter 3755. BACK
 Otto von Kotzebue (1787–1846), Voyage of Discovery into the South Sea and Bering’s Straits (1821), no. 1576 in the sale catalogue of Southey’s library. BACK