3691. Robert Southey to Charles Watkin Williams Wynn, 2 June 1821*
My dear W.
It was 200£ which Murray gave me for the Life of Nelson.  He offered me 100 to enlarge the paper in the Review so as to make a little volume of it. Thinking this might be soon done, I accepted the offer, – & found what I ought to have foreseen, that the sketch of a book cannot be filled up like the outline of a picture. Two volumes were produced instead of one. He paid me the hundred & said he hoped the sale of the work would enable him to triple that sum; – but a second hundred when the second edition was published is all that I have received.
The lives which I xxx wrote for the QR. are one day to form part of a series of British Lives for which he will pay me 500£ an 8vo volume. I am now finishing one of Oliver Cromwell.  Some day I will send you the proposed list for your consideration & advice.
God bless you
I have no intention of moving southward this year, being far too busy.
June 2. 1821.