3369. Robert Southey to John Rickman, 24 October [1819]

3369. Robert Southey to John Rickman, 24 October [1819]⁠* 

Keswick. 24 Oct.

My dear R.

I am just returned from Whitehaven, where I have been passing three days at Ld Lonsdales. – Government I am glad to hear feel itself very strong, – & the Whigs are manifestly feeling themselves very foolish. They will be deserted on this occasion by all who have any regard to decency, or any common sense. [1] 

Wordsworth is here, – much disappointed at not having seen you.

Remember us to Mrs R. Love to the children. Willy [2]  has won all hearts in the nursery.



* MS: Huntington Library, RS 376. ALS; 1p.
Unpublished. BACK

[1] Following the ‘Peterloo’ Massacre of 16 August 1819, Whigs in Cumberland organised a County Meeting on 13 October 1819 to protest at the local authorities’ actions and send an Address to the Prince Regent. Southey drew up a conservative response – an Address to the Prince Regent denouncing the radicals and calling for curbs on the press. It was not proceeded with, and the government’s supporters in Cumberland produced a more moderate document. BACK

[2] William Charles Rickman (1812–1886), son of John Rickman. BACK

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