753. Robert Southey to John Rickman, 19 January 1803
753. Robert Southey to John Rickman, 19 January 1803 *
I have hardly askd for one cargo of books before I want another – & this is the reason. Longman & Rees have sent me certain Spanish Elegant Extracts to execute for their Annual Review,  they want a long article – & I am paid by the yard. now will you ship me off these xxxxxxxx raw materials.
Quevedo.  three small 4tos. there is another edition in 6 – but this has my land-marks thro it. Vicente Espinel.  one small parchment, black-lettered on the back. the Austriada.  one thick parchment 12.mo with red leaves. Gongora.  Francisco de Borja Principe de Esquilache,  each one 4to & bound much alike, the one an admirably printed book by Foppens of Brussels – the other from the Plantain Press. Viaje de Parnasso, a very thin little parchment volume by Cervantes.  A Fenis Renascida  – 5 small volumes bound in ugly Portugueze. Garcilaso de la Vega,  a little volume in marbled-paper. Iglesias,  two volumes in marbled paper. Alonso de Ledesma  a very small volume, bound & old, a small 4to, of Priory-Garden-Wall Spanish Ballads. 
O Feliz Independente.  3 vol decently bound. a prose book. fill up the box with any others as may suit best. these gentlemen will pay their own carriage. – a little prose bound volume of ‘Cartas Varias.’  a bound 4to of Pellicers Commentary on Gongora.  Luis de Leons poems  – one decently bound volume Castle-Rackrent-size.  Arte Poetica.  4to parchment – & black-lettered on the back. if these leave any room put in Spaniards & Portugueze to fill it. I shall make about a five-guinea-job of this which will be a good one, for all the materials will be woven in elsewhere hereafter. – If the next appendix to the Critical lie in your way look for the ‘Count de Noroñas Poems.’  you will see some oceans of inanity. & something good as well. some good mock-heroic satire. Mischief goes to a Palace to look for Care, xxxxx but he finds it is the home of Indolence.
From the Poets I have collected a good deal to paint manners, & character the common feeling of their country. for instance – what I found this morning. the daughter of the Emperor Alonso  was murdered by her husband in a fit of groundless jealousy. the story is exactly like that of Genevra in Ariosto,  & told with some affecting circumstances by Count Pedro  the oldest Portugueze historian. Well, Sir – a poet  of Philip 3rd time  represents this husband as looking at his wifes wounds in heaven, & jesting with her upon his jealousy. I read very oeconomically. these gentlemen serve me while breakfast is preparing – & after supper – & always lie at hand for the five & ten minute xxxxx <fractions> of time that would else be waste. x xxxxxxxxx I have another class of books – popish books of Elizabeths  reign – & the little ugly stall-keepers – what I call my ducks – dirty but good – these are for "necessary reading" my "studies at ease." 
My eyes have suffered sadly from the frost. I am about my first chapter on monachism – a favourite subject. Xxxx it came not exactly like the house of Hanover  – but due east. & xxx xxxxx <was grafted on> the radical Manicheism of Xtianity. at the period when my history begins, it had ripened into a good comfortable college sort of system. S. Bernard  (oh well remembered put him in the box, a huge folio without a title.) he was a great man & not over honest – but xx I like him for the Crusades. S Bernard gave a sort of Jesuitical unity to the monks, & taught wise men to renounce the world if they chose to govern it. of course this called out new fanaticism & the same process of decay went on a second time. till the spread of heresy alarmed & indeed shook the Romish hierarchy. then begins a third period with Francisco & Domingo  – the formers life I have written, & a most curious & important life it is. the fourth period is that of Loyola & Luther.  the Catholics have no fifth – but we shall have from John Wesley,  mark you that Posterity! & put me down for a prophet.
Longman & Rees have blabbed my name  after an anonymous bargain – very inconsiderately. I am trying to make the best of a bad matter & get what I can for poor “Robert Southey.” Did you xx ever <see> the picture in Quarles Emblems  of a soul with wings trying to fly & chained by the leg? – Zounds – tis to flutter flutter & never rise! Often I am a good journeyman – but by God I go about such work as you may have <seen> a turnspit when the cook maid calls him at noon. Paciencia!  – tis better than Law & Physic – but I sometimes wish the old Ministry had had my conscience divided among them – & I had a good living.
God bless you. if London were but half the distance I would come sometimes & eat x sheeps hearts with you.
Jany. 19. 1803.
12. St James’s Place. Kingsdown.
Still houseless – but with a house in view.
* Address: To/ John Rickman Esqr / S. Stephens Court/ New Palace
Yard/ Westminster/ Single
Postmark: B/ JAN 20/ 1803
Endorsement: RS/ Jany 19th/ 1803
MS: Huntington Library, RS 30. ALS; 4p.
Previously published: Kenneth Curry (ed.), New Letters of Robert Southey, 2 vols (London and New York, 1965), I, pp. 302-304. BACK
 Southey reviewed Augustin Louis Josse (1763-1841; DNB), El Tesoro Espanol o Biblioteca Portatil Espanola (1802) in Annual Review for 1802, 1 (1803), 557-566. BACK
 Francisco de Quevedo (1580-1645), Obras (1660), no. 3706 in the sale catalogue of Southey’s library. BACK
 Vicente Espinel (1550-1624), Diversas Rimas, con el Arte Poetica, y Algunas Odas de Oracio Traduzidas en Verso Castellano (1591), no. 3215 in the sale catalogue of Southey’s library. BACK
 Juan Rufo Gutierrez (1547-c. 1620), La Austriada, Poema Heroico (1585), no. 3452 in the sale catalogue of Southey’s library. BACK
 Luis de Gongora (1561-1627), Obras, en Verso, con la Vida (1659), no. 3479 in the sale catalogue of Southey’s library. BACK
 Francisco de Borja, Principe de Esquilache (1581-1658), Las Obras en Verso (1754), no. 3236 in the sale catalogue of Southey’s library. BACK
 Miguel de Cervantes Saavedra (1547-1616), Viage del Parnaso (1614), no. 3192 in the sale catalogue of Southey’s library. BACK
 Matias Pereira da Silva (dates unknown), A Fenis Renascida, ou Obras Poeticas dos Melhores Eugenhos Portuguezes (1746), no. 3647 in the sale catalogue of Southey’s library. BACK
 Garcilaso de la Vega (1501-1536), Obras (1788), no. 3669 in the sale catalogue of Southey’s library. BACK
 Jose Iglesias de la Casa (1748-1791), Poesias Posthumas (1793), no. 3406 in the sale catalogue of Southey’s library. BACK
 Alonso de Ledesma (1562-1623), either Conceptos Espirituales (1612) or Juegos de Noche Buena (1611), nos 3413 and 3415 in the sale catalogue of Southey’s library. BACK
 Possibly Romances Sueltos en Verso Espanola, no. 3720 in the sale catalogue of Southey’s library. BACK
 Teodoro de Almeida (1722-1804), O Feliz Independente do Mundo e da Fortuna ou Arte de Viver Contente (1786), no. 3166 in the sale catalogue of Southey’s library. BACK
 Jose Pellicer de Ossau Salas y Tovar (1602-1679), Lecciones Solemnes a las Obras de Don Luis de Gongora (1630), no. 3688 in the sale catalogue of Southey’s library. BACK
 Luis Ponce de Leon (1527-1591), Propias i Traducciones (1761), no. 3406 in the sale catalogue of Southey’s library. BACK
 The same size (octavo) as Maria Edgeworth (1768-1849; DNB), Castle Rackrent, An Hibernian Tale (1800). BACK
 Juan Diaz Rengifo (1553-1615), Arte Poetica Espanola (1727), no. 3712 in the sale catalogue of Southey’s library. BACK
 Gaspar Maria de la Nava Alvarez, Conde de Norona (1760-1815), Poesias (1799-1800). Southey’s review appeared in Critical Review, 36 (Appendix 1802), 538-549. BACK
 Stephanie ‘the Unfortunate’ (1148-1180), an illegitimate daughter of Alfonso VII (1105-1157; reigned 1111-1157), King of Galicia, Leon and Castille, and Emperor of all the Spains. She was murdered by her jealous husband Fernan Ruiz de Castro (1125-1185). BACK
 Ludovico Ariosto (1474-1533), Orlando Furioso (1532), Cantos 5-6 tell how the Scottish princess Genevra is falsely accused of infidelity by a jealous ex-suitor. BACK
 The House of Hanover inherited the British Throne in 1714. Hanover in Germany is South East of Britain. BACK
 St Bernard of Clairvaux (1090-1153), founder of the Cistercian Order. He was instrumental in preaching the Second Crusade of 1146-1149. The untitled work by St Bernard (n.d.) is no. 247 in the sale catalogue of Southey’s library. BACK
 St Francis of Assisi (1181/2-1226), founder of the Franciscan Order; and St Dominic (1170-1221), founder of the Dominican Order. BACK
 St Ignatius of Loyola (1491-1556), founder of the Jesuit Order; and Martin Luther (1483-1546), founder of Lutheranism. BACK
 Francis Quarles (1592-1644; DNB), Emblemes (London, 1635), Book 5, Emblem 9, pp. 276-279. The book is no. 2311 in the sale catalogue of Southey’s library. BACK