1355. Robert Southey to Charles Watkin Williams Wynn, 28 August 1807

1355. Robert Southey to Charles Watkin Williams Wynn, 28 August 1807 ⁠* 

My dear Wynn

Frank the inclosed to my Aunt  [1] Thomas Southey I learn from Tom is treading in the steps of his brother & getting more brutal & more fond of money one day than another. Ld Somerville [2]  is trying to sell the Southey estates, & the talk of the country is that he has no power to do it, the property in case of his death without issue devolving upon to me. Of this you know how little I know myself: xxxx xxx but it looks as if he meant if ever I have them at all that I shall have a lawsuit in the way.

Sir John Sinclair [3]  hath written me two letters for which I have named him Sir John Jackass: how properly you shall see when you come here.

We have cleared away part of our letters: & arranged 900 volumes in xx bookcases – I can now guess the whole number to be between 3000 & 3500: of which there are about 1000 yet to come.

Palmerin [4]  will be ready in about a fortnight. Will you have it sent to you in Wales? –

God bless you


August 28th 1807.


* 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Unpublished.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] This letter has not survived. BACK

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

[3] Sir John Sinclair, 1st Baronet (1754–1835; DNB), antiquarian and economist, author of the Statistical Account of Scotland (1791–1799). BACK

[4] Palmerin of England; by Francisco de Moraes. Corrected by Robert Southey from the Original Portugueze (1807). BACK