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Memoir of John Murray
Robert Southey to John Murray, 21 July 1817

Vol. 1 Contents
Chapter I.
Chapter II.
Chapter III.
Chapter IV.
Chapter V.
Chapter VI.
Chapter VII.
Chapter VIII.
Chapter IX.
Chapter X.
Chapter XI.
Chapter XII.
Chapter XIII.
Chapter XIV.
Chapter XV.
Chapter XVI.
Chapter XVII.
Chapter XVIII.
Chapter XIX.
Vol. 2 Contents
Chap. XX.
Chap. XXI.
Chap. XXII.
Chap. XXIII.
Chap. XXIV.
Chap. XXV.
Chap. XXVI.
Chap. XXVII.
Chap. XXIX.
Chap. XXX.
Chap. XXXI.
Chap. XXXII.
Chap. XXXIV.
Chap. XXXV.
Chap. XXXVI.
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Keswick, July 21st, 1818.
My dear Sir,

I have made good way in a letter to Brougham in consequence of a false and slanderous attack which he made upon me from the hustings,—with the amicable intention, I believe, of setting my neighbours upon stoning me,—this being the fashion with the rabble of his party. As I was not present to give him the lie in the face of the multitude (as assuredly I would have done), I have given him such a castigation as such a thorough-paced scoundrel deserves—a William Smithiad. But I should hardly have taken the trouble for mere personal motives if I had not hoped to do some good by a full and complete exposure of his system of slander.

For this purpose in the body of the letter I want to give in order a clear, succinct and strong statement of all the calumnies in the House of Commons of which he has been convicted, with the documents in the Appendix (between
ourselves this is a suggestion of
Croker’s). Send me, therefore, the Debates of the last Parliament, from the time Brougham came in for Winchelsea—I forget whether in 1814, ’15, or ’16. The first part I shall very shortly send you through Bedford’s hands, and you will let Pople print it. By-the-bye, this printer has requested me to speak a good word for him to you, and if in the plenitude of your power you could sometimes employ him, you would confer a favour upon me, serving a very deserving man.

Jeffery and Sir E. K. come in for some tremendous blows in this letter. I expect also to have a letter from Wordsworth to append to it, addressed to myself. He was included in the attack.

You can have no conception of the Devilish spirit which Brougham has raised and left behind him in Westmorland. It has shocked many of his own party.

You want some German in the =Review, and I can help you to some. There is a neighbour of mine perfectly competent to give you an able and philosophical criticism upon Schiller’s works, if you will send the collected edition to Thomas De Quincey, Esquire, Grasmere, near Ambleside. I have been talking to him this day upon the subject.* He is a man of singular acuteness and ability.

Evelyn’s Memoirs’ would assist in furnishing materials for an essay of great pith and moment upon the reign of Charles II. and the spirit of that age. But my next paper must be ‘The New Churches and the Catacombs,’ easily and naturally connected.

There is a book upon Nonconformity lying for me at your house, written by Conder, the bookseller. Let it come in the next parcel,—I shall have occasion to touch upon it in my Life of Wesley.

What if I were to make a Life of Marlborough for the Review from Coxe’s book?

Believe me, my dear Sir,
Yours most truly,
Robert Southey.

I shall not fail in the copyright question.