Letters of Robert Southey

Scope and Content

Letters from Robert Southey to his brother Henry. The letters to his brother printed in J.W. Warter, Selections from the letters of Robert Southey (London, 1856) are not in this collection.

Administrative / Biographical History

Robert Southey (1774-1843) was a poet, journalist and biographer. His brother, Henry Herbert Southey (1783-1865), was a physician. Details are given in the Dictionary of National Biography.

Access Information

Entry to read in the Library is permitted only on presentation of a valid reader's card (for admissions procedures see http://www.bodleian.ox.ac.uk/specialcollections).

Acquisition Information

The papers were bought at Sotheby's in 1927 and given to the Library by the Friends of the Bodleian.


Collection level description created by Emily Tarrant, Department of Special Collections and Western Manuscripts.

Other Finding Aids

M. Clapinson and T.D. Rogers, Summary Catalogue of Post-Medieval Western Manuscripts in the Bodleian Library Oxford. Acquisitions 1916-1975. (Oxford, 1991), vol. I, nos. 38982-4.

Related Material

See also Correspondence between Robert Southey and Grosvenor Charles Bedford (MSS. Eng. lett. c. 22-7, d. 47-57).