1594. Robert Southey to John Murray, 7 March 1809

1594. Robert Southey to John Murray, 7 March 1809 ⁠* 

Keswick. March 7. 1809.


I received the Review yesterday morning, & in the evening a letter from Mr Gifford, enclosing payment for the article upon the Baptist Mission, [1]  which I am glad to hear has been favourably noticed. This first Number is certainly very respectable. If I were to point out any particular articles for commendation they would be the third & fifth. [2] 

I shall now proceed to write upon the South-Sea Mission, & then upon the South African. [3]  – A book is advertised about Chatterton & Rowley, [4]  tho that question ought to have been at rest: if it be respectable enough for notice, I think I can in two or three pages say all that should be said, & perhaps something which has not yet been said. [5]  Should this be sent me, I shall be obliged to you to let me at the same time see Savages account of New Zealand, [6]  which may probably be usefully referred to in my speculations upon that part of the world

I am Sir

Yrs very truly

Robert Southey.


* Address: To Mr Murray/ Bookseller/ Fleet Street/ London
Stamped: KESWICK/ 298
Postmark: E/ MAR10/ 1809
Watermark: J BUDGEN/ 1805
Endorsement: Q.R. 1.2./ 1809 March 7 Keswick/ Southey Robert/ Payment of Art in No I/ Missn to South Sea/ —— — Africa
MS: National Library of Scotland, MS 42550. ALS; 2p.
Unpublished. BACK

[1] Southey reviewed the Periodical Accounts Relative to the Baptist Missionary Society (published from 1794); [John Scott-Waring (1747–1819; DNB)], Vindication of the Hindoos from the Aspersions of the Reverend Claudius Buchanan, M.A. With a Refutation of the Arguments Exhibited in his Memoir, on the Expediency of an Ecclesiastical Establishment for British India, and the Ultimate Civilization of the Natives, by their Conversion to Christianity… By a Bengal Officer (1808); Thomas Twining (1776–1861; DNB), A Letter to the Chairman of the East India Company, on the Danger of Interfering in the Religious Opinions of the Natives of India; and on the Views of the British and Foreign Bible Society, as Directed to India (1807), in the Quarterly Review, 1 (February 1809), 193–226. BACK

[2] These two articles in the Quarterly Review, 1 (February 1809) were: John Hoppner’s (1758–1810; DNB) review of Anecdotes of Painters Who Have Resided or Been Born in England: With Critical Remarks on their Productions, by Edward Edwards, Deceased, Late Teacher of Perspective, and Associate, in the Royal Academy; Intended as a Continuation to the Anecdotes of painting by the late Horace Earl of Orford (1808), 36–49; Sharon Turner’s [with John Shore, 1st Baron Teignmouth (1751–1834; DNB)] review of Charles Wilkins (bap. 1749–1836; DNB), A Grammar of the Sanskrîta Language (1808); William Carey (1761–1834; DNB), A Grammar of the Sungskrit Language, Composed from the Works of the Most Esteemed Grammarians; to Which are Added Examples for the Exercise of the Student, and a Complete List of the Dhatoos or Roots (1804); and Henry Thomas Colebrooke (1765–1837), Grammar of the Sanskrit Language (1805), 53–69. BACK

[3] Southey reviewed the Transactions of the Missionary Society in the South Sea Islands in the Quarterly Review, 2 (August 1809), 24–61, but there are no reviews by him on the South African missions. BACK

[4] John Sherwen (bap. 1748–1826), Introduction to an Examination of Some Part of the Internal Evidence, Respecting the Antiquity and Authenticity of Certain Publications, said to have been Found in Manuscripts, at Bristol, Written by a Learned Priest [T. Rowley] and Others, in the Fifteenth Century: but Generally Considered as the Suppositious Productions of an Ingenious Youth of the Present Age [i.e. T. Chatterton] (1809). BACK

[5] Sherwen’s work was not reviewed by Southey. BACK

[6] John Savage (b. 1770), Some Account of New Zealance: Particularly the Bay of Islands, and Surrounding Country, with a Description of the Religion and Government, Language, Arts, Manufactures, Manners and Customs of the Natives, &c. (1807). BACK

People mentioned

Gifford, William (1756–1826) (mentioned 1 time)

Places mentioned

Keswick (mentioned 1 time)