504. Robert Southey to George Dyer, 27 March 1800
504. Robert Southey to George Dyer, 27 March 1800 *
My dear Dyer
I am sorry my boxes should so long have encumbered you. a friend of mine by name Rickman who is speedily coming to London will call at your rooms & inspect them to see if they are safe from worms, & if you find them inconvenient, will remove them. I would not have them taken out they are mingled with linen – letters &c &c –, & to disorganize the arrangement would be doing mischief. you will be pleased with Rickman. He is a singular man, of uncommon talents, whom I greatly esteem.
Thank you for the subscribers.  of course the Booksellers must have them at their own price. my plan is to raise an annuity by the subscription – profits – & any exertion to increase [MS torn] the list I feel as a personal favour. we have now about 240 copies subscribed for.
Your Democritus Junior I have thankfully reprinted.  it is a good poem. your sonnet was printed & cancelled because – it was no sonnet – being sixteen lines long. in the course of next week the [MS torn] Anthologies will be sent to London.
Let me hear from you when I am in a foreign land. my direction will be with the Reverend Herbert Hill. <Lisbon.> my friends must not forget me – & I will not forget them.
God bless you.
If you pass thro Gracechurch Street – be good enough to call on Arch  the bookseller. & tell him I shall have an opportunity of sending him the 2£-5- which I owe him, by a friend, before my departure. I shall not remain here more than a fortnight.
Stokes Croft. Bristol. March 27. 1800
* Address: To/ George Dyer/ 6. Cliffords Inn/ Fleet Street/ London
Postmark: March 28/ 1800
Watermark: [partial] H
MS: Department of Rare Books, Special Collections and Preservation, River Campus Libraries, University of Rochester, Robert Southey Papers A.S727. ALS; 2p.
Previously published: R. Baird Shuman, ‘Southey to Dyer: An Unpublished Letter’, Notes and Queries, 206 (1961), 14–15. BACK
 Dyer had been collecting subscribers to Southey and Cottle’s The Works of Thomas Chatterton (1803). BACK
 George Dyer, ‘Democritus Junior, or the Laughing Philosopher’, Annual Anthology (Bristol, 1800), pp. 284–286. BACK