1626. Robert Southey to John Murray, 8 May 1809

1626. Robert Southey to John Murray, 8 May 1809 ⁠* 

Keswick. May 8. 1809

Dear Sir

All the books concerning America (except Pauws Researches [1]  which shall be returned with the South Sea cargo) are dispatched this day, to go by waggon from Penrith, – the Ramayuna [2]  & the poem upon the Restoration of Literature in Hindostan [3]  are included in the parcel. This nights post will take the American article; – it is a review of Holmess Annals, – naturally concluding with a sketch of the state of Society in the United States. [4] 

– The last proof has arrived while I am writing. – I am obliged to Turner for his solicitude. My little boy, God be praised, has been saved, & is now recovering from the effects of the violent remedies which preserved him.

I have now nothing before me except the Missionary article. [5] 

I am Sir

Yours very truly

Robert Southey.


* Address: To Mr Murray/ Fleet Street/ London
Stamped: KESWICK/ 298
Postmark: E/ MAY11/ 1809
Endorsement: 1809 May 8th/ Southey. R. Keswick
MS: National Library of Scotland, MS 42550. ALS; 2p.
Unpublished BACK

[1] Cornelius Franciscus de Pauw (1739–1799), Recherches Philosophiques sur les Américains, ou Mémoires Intéressants pour Servir à l’Histoire de l’Espèce Humaine (1771). BACK

[2] William Carey’s (1761–1834) and Joshua Marshman’s (1768–1837) edition of The Ramayuna of Valmeeki, in the Original Sungskrit, with a Prose Translation, and Explanatory Notes (1806–1808). BACK

[3] Charles Grant, later Baron Glenelg (1778–1866; DNB), A Poem on the Restoration of Learning in the East, which obtained Mr. Buchanan’s Prize (1805). BACK

[4] Southey reviewed Abiel Holmes (1763–1837), American Annals; or, a Chronological History of America, from its Discovery in 1492 to 1806 in the Quarterly Review, 2 (November 1809), 319–337. BACK

[5] Southey’s review of Transactions of the Missionary Society in the South Sea Islands, Quarterly Review, 2 (August 1809), 24–61. BACK

People mentioned

Turner, Sharon (1768–1847) (mentioned 1 time)
Southey, Herbert (1806–1816) (mentioned 1 time)

Places mentioned

Keswick (mentioned 1 time)