Robert Southey letters
The letter of September 5, 1835 is addressed to "Dear Sir" and discusses the education of Samuel Wesley, father of John Wesley, founder of Methodism.
The letter of March 6, 1836 was written to the Bishop of Carlisle during the period when a new church was proposed for the village of Keswick. In the letter, Southey congratulated the Bishop for overcoming difficulties and concluding the arrangements for the building. Southey accepted an appointment as Trustee of the new church, and wrote of his approval of John Marshall, the church's benefactor.
Southey wrote the letter of May 24, 1837 to his old friend, the publisher and bookseller, Joseph Cottle (1770-1853). At this time, Southey was 63 years old, and he described to Cottle some of the distress often caused by reminiscing about the past. He discussed the portraits of Wordsworth and Coleridge and advised Cottle not to incur great expenses in the preparation of a second edition of his [Cottle's] Early Recollections (1837).
- Southey, Robert, 1774-1843 (Person)
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For thirty years, beginning in 1809, Southey contributed to the Quarterly Review published in London by John Murray (1778-1843). Southey argued for public order and social reform. He published epic poems and small poems as well as classic prose works including Life of Nelson (1820) and two editions of History of the Peninsular War (1823-32), (1828-37). In 1813, Southey was appointed poet laureate.
Charles Butler (1750-1832), a learned Roman Catholic and eminent lawyer, answered Southey by publishing The Book of the Roman Catholic Church in 1825. The Bishop of London wrote to Southey asking if he intended to respond to Butler's attack on Book of the Church. In a published letter to his friend, John May (1775- 1856), dated March 16, 1825, Southey wrote that his response to Butler will bear the title Vindici‘ Ecclesi‘ Anglican‘.
In 1824, John Milner (1752-1826), Vicar Apostolic, of the Roman Catholic Church in England published Strictures on the Poet Laureate's "Book of the Church." In a published letter to Rev. Robert Philips, August 15, 1825, Southey states that Milner's strictures are filled with "direct and impudent falsehoods".
Southey's Vindici‘ Ecclesi‘ Anglican‘ was published in London by John Murray in 1826.
Although Southey was often away from Greta Hall, he remained faithful to his home in Keswick. His devotion to the Church of England was known, and consequently, he was well-regarded by the Bishops in his district. In 1836, the foundation for a new church to be known as St. John's was begun in the village of Keswick. Two proposals for its establishment and funding had been presented to the Bishop of Carlisle. One was submitted by John Marshall, a former Member of Parliament from Leeds, and one by Mr. Stranger. The selection became a source of acrimony in the parish only to be resolved when the Bishop allowed the proposal of John Marshall.
Robert Southey died at Greta Hall, Keswick in 1843.
Milner, John. Strictures on the Poet Laureate's "Book of the Church." London: Keating and Brown, 1824. (Cage PO5464 .B72 M6 1824).
Southey, Robert. The Book of the Church. London: J. Murray, 1824. (Cage PO5464 .B72 1824)
Southey, Robert. Vindici‘ Ecclesi‘ Anglican‘. London: J. Murray, 1826. (Cage PO5464 .V78 1826)
- Authors, English
- Blomfield, Charles James, 1786-1857
- Butler, Charles, 1750-1832
- Cottle, Joseph, 1770-1853
- Hayward, A. (Abraham), 1801-1884
- Marshall, John, 1765-1845
- Milner, John, 1752-1826
- Murray, John, 1778-1843
- Poets, English
- Southey, Robert, 1774-1843
- Wesley, Samuel, 1662-1735
- White, Joseph Blanco, 1775-1841
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