Robert Southey: Letters to Neville White and Simon Wilkin

Scope and Content

Manuscript letters from Robert Southey to Neville White, 24 January 1824 (1), and Simon Wilkin, June 1831-July 1837 (5), with an unfinished review of Wilkin's edition of the Works of Sir Thomas Browne, 1836.

Administrative / Biographical History

Robert Southey (1774-1843), poet, was born at Bristol on 12 August 1774. He attended schools in Corston and Bristol before entering Westminster School in 1788, from which he was expelled in 1792 for protesting against excessive flogging. He was admitted to Balliol College, Oxford, in 1792, where he carried out private studies and did not take a degree. Southey visited Spain in 1795, and Portugal in 1800, before settling at Keswick, where he engaged in compiling and translating Spanish and Portuguese works. He contributed pieces to the Quarterly review from 1808. His poems include 'The Inchcape Rock' and 'After Blenheim'. He died at Greta Hall, Keswick, on 21 March 1843.

Conditions Governing Access

Open for consultation by holders of a Reader's Ticket valid for the Manuscripts Reading Room.

Acquisition Information

Received from the library of Sir Geoffrey Keynes, 1982.


Description compiled by Robert Steiner, Department of Manuscripts and University Archives. The biographical history was compiled with reference to the entry on Robert Southey in Sidney Lee, ed., Dictionary of national biography, vol. XVIII (London, 1909), pp. 692-698.

Other Finding Aids



The collection is no 1331 in Sir Geoffrey Keynes, Bibliotheca bibliographici (London, 1964), p. 137.