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The Life and Correspondence of Robert Southey
Robert Southey to Thomas Southey, 30 May 1803

Vol. I Contents
Early Life: I
Early Life: II
Early Life: III
Early Life: IV
Early Life: V
Early Life: VI
Early Life: VII
Early Life: VIII
Early Life: IX
Early Life: X
Early Life: XI
Early Life: XII
Early Life: XIII
Early Life: XIV
Early Life: XV
Early Life: XVI
Early Life: XVII
Ch. I. 1791-93
Ch. II. 1794
Ch. III. 1794-95
Ch. IV. 1796
Ch. V. 1797
Vol. II Contents
Ch. VI. 1799-1800
Ch. VII. 1800-1801
Ch. VIII. 1801
Ch. IX. 1802-03
Ch. X. 1804
Ch. XI. 1804-1805
Vol. III Contents
Ch. XII. 1806
Ch. XIII. 1807
Ch. XIV. 1808
Ch. XV. 1809
Ch. XVI. 1810-1811
Ch. XVII. 1812
Vol. IV Contents
Ch. XVIII. 1813
Ch. XIX. 1814-1815
Ch. XX. 1815-1816
Ch. XXI. 1816
Ch. XXII. 1817
Ch. XXIII. 1818
Ch. XXIV. 1818-1819
Vol. IV Appendix
Vol. V Contents
Ch. XXV. 1820-1821
Ch. XXVI. 1821
Ch. XXVII. 1822-1823
Ch. XXVIII. 1824-1825
Ch. XXIX. 1825-1826
Ch. XXX. 1826-1827
Ch. XXXI. 1827-1828
Vol. V Appendix
Vol. VI Contents
Ch. XXXII. 1829
Ch. XXXIII. 1830
Ch. XXXIV. 1830-1831
Ch. XXXV. 1832-1834
Ch. XXXVI. 1834-1836
Ch. XXXVII. 1836-1837
Ch. XXXVIII. 1837-1843
Vol. VI Appendix
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“Bristol, May 30. 1803.

“Why, Tom! you must be mad, stark staring mad, jumping mad, horn mad, to be lying in port all this time! For plain or stark madness I should prescribe a simple strait-waistcoat;—staring madness maybe alleviated by the use of green spectacles;—for jumping madness I have found a remedy in a custom used by the Siamese: when they take prisoners, they burn their feet to prevent them from running away;—horn madness is, indeed, beyond my skill: for that Doctor’s Commons is the place. I am vexed and provoked for you to see prizes brought in under your nose. . . . . My books have had an increase since you left. I have
bought a huge lot of
Cody, tempted by the price; books of voyages and travels, and the Asiatic Researches. The Annual Review is not yet published. Amadis still goes on slowly, but draws near an end. . . . . Do you see—and if you have seen the Morning Post, you will have seen—that a poem upon Amadis is advertised? This is curious enough. It seems by the advertisement that it only takes in the first book. If the author have either any civility or any brains, he will send me a copy; the which I am not so desirous of as I should be, as it will cost me twenty shillings to send him one in return. However, I shall like to see his book; it may make a beautiful poem, and it looks well that he has stopt at the first book, and avoided the length of story: but, unless he be a very good poet indeed, I should prefer the plain dress of romance.

“I have been very hard at history, and have almost finished, since your departure, that thick folio chronicle which you may remember I was about skindeep in, and which has supplied me with matter for half a volume. This war terrifies and puzzles me about Portugal. I think of going over alone this next winter, while I can. I have fifteen quartos on the way from Lisbon; and, zounds! if they should be taken! . . . . Next month I shall go to London. The hard exercise of walking the streets will do me good. My picture in the Exhibition* pleases everybody, I hear; I wish you had seen it.

“. . . . . Remember my advice about all Dutch captains in

* This picture was by Opie, and is the one engraved in this work.

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your cruise: go always to the bottom in your examination; tin cases will sound if they be kicked, and paper will rustle; to you it may be the winning a prize: the loss is but a kick, and that the Dutchman gains. Do you know that I actually must learn Dutch! that I cannot complete the East Indian part of my history without it. Good bye.

R. S.”