3562. Robert Southey to Charles Watkin Williams Wynn, 18 November [1820]

3562. Robert Southey to Charles Watkin Williams Wynn, 18 November [1820]⁠* 

My dear Wynn

I inclose this for you to direct, not knowing where Peter the Great is to be found. [1]  – Your cousin of Buckingham I see has had a narrow escape. [2]  – some great mischief I fear will be done before the alarm is taken, & God grant it may not be too late. Calmly & soberly I must declare that my knowledge of history the conduct of the Whigs in this business is more flagitious more base & at the same time more every way abominable, than that of any faction in any country & in any period of history with which I am acquainted.

God bless you


Anno Reimobbbicae primo. [3] 

18 Nov.


* Address: To/ C W Williams Wynn Esqre M.P./ Llangedwin/ near/ Oswestry
Stamped: KESWICK/ 298
MS: National Library of Wales, MS 4813D. ALS; 2p.
Unpublished. BACK

[1] The enclosure was Southey to Peter Elmsley, 17 November 1820, Letter 3560. BACK

[2] Richard Temple-Nugent-Brydges-Chandos-Grenville, 2nd Marquess of Buckingham (1776–1839; DNB), Wynn’s first cousin, was a prominent supporter of the Bill of Pains and Penalties, which unsuccessfully tried to dissolve George IV’s marriage and deprive his wife Caroline (1768–1821; DNB) of the title of Queen. Buckingham was passing through Aylesbury on 11 November 1820; while his carriage was changing horses it was surrounded by a large and hostile crowd and he only managed to proceed to his home at Stowe with great difficulty ‘and amidst the most deafening groans’, Morning Chronicle, 15 November 1820. BACK

[3] ‘In the first year of the reign of the mob.’ BACK

People mentioned

Elmsley, Peter (1774–1825) (mentioned 1 time)