1316. Robert Southey to Charles Watkin Williams Wynn, 1 May 1807

1316. Robert Southey to Charles Watkin Williams Wynn, 1 May 1807 ⁠* 

My dear Wynn

I am writing almost by lightning light to acknowledge the receipt of yours & its inclosure: the storm is as tremendous as I ever witnessed & such as was to be expected from the more than dog day heat which we have for the last week endured.

I wish you speedily thro your election – & I wish in London for as much. Church & King house burning as may be without loss of lives for but Mr. Percivals sake, who deserves hanging ten times more then ever Lord George Gordon [1]  did. He doing from knavery what that poor wretch did from frenzy. The impudence of this man & of some of his colleagues makes me lose all patience.

The end of May is perhaps the best time for seeing Keswick – I do not say the Lakes – but this particular one, – for the sunsets behind Skiddaw for about a fortnight or three weeks are more glorious than it is possible either to conceive or describe –

God bless you


Friday May 1. 1807

Bedford promises me news of the pension as soon as he can learn any. [2]  I am Cannon Southeys heir at law, Ld Ss [3]  issue failing – no doubt by but heir to what, is more than I can tell. [4] 


* Address: To/ C W Williams Wynn Esqr M. P./ Wynnstay/ Wrexham
Stamped: KESWICK/ 298
MS: National Library of Wales MS 4812D. ALS; 2p.
Unpublished. BACK

[1] Lord George Gordon (1751–1793; DNB), the anti-Catholic agitator whose protests led to the Gordon Riots in 1780. BACK

[2] Wynn succeeded, before he left office, in arranging that the pension he paid Southey from his personal funds was replaced by a government pension. Grosvenor Charles Bedford worked as a civil servant in the Exchequer. BACK

[3] John Southey Somerville, 15th Lord Somerville (1765–1819). BACK

[4] For further details, see Southey to Charles Watkin Williams Wynn, [April–May 1807], Letter 1315. BACK

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