467. Robert Southey to Daniel Stuart, 24 December 1799
467. Robert Southey to Daniel Stuart, 24 December 1799 *
Frances de Barry.
a Monoscenic Drama. the circumstances historical. 
Dear Scene the ramparts of Leu<au>cate.  Frances De Barry.  Herald. de Loupian  –
My dear Sir.
I received the bill – as you have probably heard by Coleridge. my attention will be directed hereafter to works of length, but any pieces which I may chance to write of suitable extent, I will not fail to transmit to you. 
believe me yrs truly
Dec. 24. 1799.
* Address: To/ Mr Stuart/ 335. Strand/ London/ Single
Postmark: B/ DEC 25/ 99
Endorsement: Southey/ Southey Poems/ Southey
MS: British Library, Add MS 34046. AL; 4p.
Previously published: Letters from the Lake Poets, Samuel Taylor Coleridge, William Wordsworth, Robert Southey, to Daniel Stuart (London, 1889), pp. 444–448. BACK
 Not published in the Morning Post or elsewhere. It was set in France in 1590, when a civil war was raging between the partisans of Henry IV (1553–1610; King of France, 1589–1610) and the Catholic League, who wished to prevent Henry IV, who was a Protestant, consolidating his rule. BACK
 Francoise de Cezelly (1558–1614). In 1577 she married Jean-Antoine Bourcier de Barry de Saint Aunez (d. 1590). In the absence of her husband, she held the castle at Leucate for the forces of Henry IV. BACK
 Claude Faucon de Loupian (1536–1601), French politician, held as a hostage in the castle at Leucate. BACK
 Jean-Antoine Bourcier de Barry de Saint Aunez, local commander of forces loyal to Henry IV. Taken prisoner at Narbonne by the Catholic League. BACK
 The Catholic League, an organisation founded in 1576; fighting to prevent Henry IV enforcing his claim as King of France. BACK
 Henri I de Montmorency-Damville (1534–1614), one of the most powerful landowners in southern France and a moderate supporter of the Catholic League. BACK