3732. Robert Southey to Humphrey Senhouse, 19 September 1821

3732. Robert Southey to Humphrey Senhouse, 19 September 1821⁠* 

Keswick. 19 Sept. 1821

My dear Senhouse

We shall be right glad to see you all on Monday; my Aunt left us yesterday, so that we have two beds. The weather I hope may be such as will induce your Cousin James [1]  to stay another day.

I am told that the disgust between the King & his ministers has gone on increasing so rapidly, owing to the Marchioness of Connyngham, that it is scarcely possible a complete change can be avoided. [2]  Who would be brought into administration I have not heard, & cannot guess. It is almost better the Whigs should be in, than that they should goad the Government to the xxxxxxxx so many ruinous measures of retrenchment & concession; – measures which they themselves know to be unwise & injurious, but which they are rascals enough to force on, for the sake of weakening the Ministry. James Brougham [3]  is honest enough to avow that they act upon this honest system.

The weather seems to be improving, & I hope Miss Fanny [4]  will see the country in its richest autumnal dress. – I wonder the Ellen should have continued low so long. Our river has several times been full, & the lake so high as to cover many of the piers.

Remember us to all your fireside, & believe me

My Dear Senhouse

yours affectionately

Robert Southey.


* Address: To/ Humphrey Senhouse Esqre/ Netherhall/ Maryport.
Stamped: KESWICK/ 298
Seal: red wax
Watermark: S E & Co/ 1819
MS: Department of Rare Books, Special Collections and Preservation, River Campus Libraries, University of Rochester, Robert Southey Papers A.S727. ALS; 3p.
Unpublished. BACK

[1] James-Lowther Senhouse (c. 1794–1844): ordained in 1821, he became Perpetual Curate of Sawley, Derbyshire 1823–1844. BACK

[2] Elizabeth Conyngham, Marchioness Conyngham (1769–1861; DNB), George IV’s mistress from 1819. Her demand that the government employ her friends and relatives was causing some strain between George IV and his Cabinet. Southey’s information came from Charles Watkin Williams Wynn; see Southey to John Rickman, 14 September 1821, Letter 3731. BACK

[3] James Brougham (1780–1833), younger brother of Henry Brougham and the main organiser of the Whig cause in Westmorland. BACK

[4] Frances Wood (dates unknown), a cousin of Senhouse. BACK

People mentioned

Southey, Mary (1750–1838) (mentioned 1 time)
George IV (1762–1830) (mentioned 1 time)

Places mentioned

Keswick (mentioned 1 time)