2252. Robert Southey to John Rickman, [April 1813] *
What a situation was that in the vault at Windsor. – The eye of Charles I open in the <his> coffin after more than a century & half, that it might look upon the Prince Regent & then close for ever!  – No poet ever imagined any thing more aweful!
* Endorsement: Southey to Mr Rickman
MS: University of Kentucky Library. ALS; 2p. A copy in another hand (endorsed ‘Given to Mr Long’) is Huntington Library, RS 199
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 On 1 April 1813, the Prince Regent had attended the opening of the coffin of Charles I (1600–1649; reigned 1625–1649; DNB). It was reported that ‘the left eye [of the corpse], in the first moment of exposure, was open and full, though it vanished almost immediately’, see Sir Henry Halford (1766–1844; DNB), An Account of What Appeared on Opening the Coffin of King Charles the First, in the Vault of King Henry the Eighth in St George’s Chapel at Windsor (1813), p. 8. BACK