3369. Robert Southey to John Rickman, 24 October 
3369. Robert Southey to John Rickman, 24 October *
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. 
Wordsworth is here, – much disappointed at not having seen you.
Remember us to Mrs R. Love to the children. Willy  has won all hearts in the nursery.
 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