1795. Robert Southey to Charles Watkin Williams Wynn, [shortly after 28 July 1810]

1795. Robert Southey to Charles Watkin Williams Wynn, [shortly after 28 July 1810]⁠* 

My dear Wynn

Will you frank the inclosed (because it contains an inclosure) to John May Esqr – Richmond – Surry.

Ld & Lady Holland were here on Saturday. I dined with them & they drank tea with me. The Lady was uncommonly civil, & they nearly extorted a promise that when I went to their Library, Holland House should be my home. I am however very desirous to avoid this, for I have so much the freedom & the feeling of home at Rickmans, that it would be very unpleasant to me to be any where else, even for a few days. – He is translating the Spanish play of the Cid [1]  – which may be of some use to the sale of my book. [2]  He has just such the very books which I want – the modern Spanish publications which are too costly to be within my reach. But I conceive my own collection to be more curious than his, & far richer in old books.

Allen [3]  was loud in reprobating our treatment of Denmark – God help this poor country! – always contriving to do the worst things possible in the worst possible way. – [4] 

How is Bedford – & talking of Dapples  [5]  – how is the bruise?

God bless you



* Address: To/ C W Williams Wynn Esqr. M.P./ Wynnstay/ Wrexham
MS: National Library of Wales, MS 4813D. ALS; 2p.
Dating note: Lord and Lady Holland visited Southey in Keswick on Saturday 28 July 1810, this letter was written shortly afterwards. See also, Robert Southey to John Rickman, 1 August 1810, Letter 1801. BACK

[1] Probably Guillén de Castro (1569–1631), Las Mocedades del Cid (1605–1615). Holland’s translation was not published. BACK

[2] The Chronicle of the Cid (1808). BACK

[3] John Allen (1771–1843; DNB), political and historical writer, especially on Spanish topics in the Edinburgh Review. He lived at Holland House and often travelled with Lord and Lady Holland. BACK

[4] Probably a reference Britain’s attack on the Danish fleet in 1801 and bombardment of Copenhagen in 1807. BACK

[5] A nickname for Bedford. BACK

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