509. Robert Southey to Charles Watkin Williams Wynn, 8 April 1800
509. Robert Southey to Charles Watkin Williams Wynn, 8 April 1800 *
My dear Wynn
Your letter found me copying Thalaba. I shall send you the copy now making of this, as being less interlined, & of course more intelligible, than the first which is better written.  – At Lisbon I shall resume my old habit of early rising. xx at least two thirds of Madoc were written between the hours of 5 & 9 in the morning. & it is my intention to win time in the same way for correcting it: you shall receive the first amended copy. – As soon as I can get a copy by the Three Graves  I will transcribe it for you.
The circumstances attending my breathing the nitrous oxyd seems to imply that my lungs are some-how affected. I have not one symptom of pulmonary consumption – of this I am satisfied. But the gas now always affects my respiration – it becomes as you saw excessively quick & short. now this is not the case with any other person, nor has it long been the case with me.
We shall set out on Friday or Saturday. I will write from Falmouth. Grosvenor Dapple was here three days. he took the gas & it made him snort like a war horse –
God bless you.
Tuesday morning. April 8. 1800
* Address: To/ C W Williams Wynn Esqr. M.P./ Chester
MS: National Library of Wales, MS 4811D. ALS; 2p.
 The first eight books of Thalaba the Destroyer (1801); now National Library of Wales, MS 1487A. BACK