1269. Robert Southey to John Rickman, 30 January [1807]

1269. Robert Southey to John Rickman, 30 January [1807] ⁠* 

Jany 30. A good day that.

My dear Rickman

N.B. to begin with, that this sheet of Secretarian paper is discoloured with damp & not with dirt.

Your last frank was an unlucky one. It has been charged 6/5 to me, as bearing date in 1806, & as above privilege. I have written to appeal against the flaw as frivolous & illiberal, & against the other ground upon this very substantial plea – that they kept it a day at the Post Office.

I will have good hopes of seeing you here. Keswick is not only a convenient halting place on the way to Ultima Thule, [1]  being but one stage out of the road, – but it is also a needful one. Mrs R. could not go on without a good thorough rest, – & perhaps she had better not go on – but remain here; – & perhaps also I will Thulify with you, – for I want to see the Highlands, a thing which ought to be done while they are so easily within reach. In that case I can get letters by wholesale, to do with them what the Scotch never do where we can get xxxx decently housed, & to Lairdify & Dukify where we cannot, – just as it may suit us that I should travel incog. or xx take advantage of my Poetship, & fare sumptuously like a great man as I am.

Remember me to Mrs Rickman, & tell her I will not make my sixth ascension of Skiddaw till I escort her.




* Address: To/ John Rickman Esqr
Endorsement: RS./ 30 Jan 1807.
MS: Huntington Library, RS 100. ALS; 3p.
Dating note: Year from JR’s endorsement. BACK

[1] The northernmost region of the habitable world as thought of by ancient geographers, but here meaning Scotland. Southey hoped to accompany Rickman if he travelled there on government business; see Southey to Charles Danvers, 30 January 1807, Letter 1268. BACK

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Keswick (mentioned 1 time)
Skiddaw (mentioned 1 time)