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Autograph letter signed : Keswick, to John May, 1809 Oct. 20.

Author: Robert Southey; John May; Gordon N Ray
Edition/Format:   Manuscript   Archival Material : English
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Regarding his correspondence with Walter Scott concerning an appropriate position that would suit "to my own wishes and pursuits;" discussing the merits of a diplomatic position, a professorship, a position as Historiographer and the Stewardship of the Derwentwater Estates; relating that he was turned down for the Stewardship and "the answer under a plea that very peculiar qualifications are required for the  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Portraits
Engravings
Drawings
Named Person: Robert Southey; James Ballantyne; Walter Scott; James Ballantyne; Walter Scott; Robert Southey
Material Type: Manuscript
Document Type: Book, Archival Material
All Authors / Contributors: Robert Southey; John May; Gordon N Ray
OCLC Number: 270921666
Notes: John May was a merchant and financier and was a financial advisor to Southey. May was godfather to Southey's eldest daughters, Margaret Edith (1802-1803) and Edith May (1803-1871).
A penciled notation, in an unknown hand, on the upper portion of the front flyleaf, lists several books that Southey inscribed to May and one, The Poet's Pilgrimage to Waterloo (1816), that Southey dedicated to May.
Address panel with postmarks and addressed to"John May Esq / Richmond / Surry [sic]."
Description: 1 item (4 pages, with address) ; 23.2 cm

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Regarding his correspondence with Walter Scott concerning an appropriate position that would suit "to my own wishes and pursuits;" discussing the merits of a diplomatic position, a professorship, a position as Historiographer and the Stewardship of the Derwentwater Estates; relating that he was turned down for the Stewardship and "the answer under a plea that very peculiar qualifications are required for the situation, implied that he meant to give it to one of his own relations or immediate dependants;" relating that the position of Historiographer was held by "Dutens the Frenchman" and saying that in order to get the position Dutens would have to "go to Heaven--you know the least thing to be expected from a Frenchman is that he should go there to oblige one;" saying that in the meantime the Ballantynes asked him to write the "history of Spanish affairs for the year (1808)--this, liking the subject, I undertook;" saying that they were very pleased with his work and he has accepted the assignment on a one-year trial for £400 a year; detailing how he will repay him [May] £100 from his first years payment and then hoping to pay him a "second hundred in the course of the next year;"

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