2146. Robert Southey to Charles Watkin Williams Wynn, 16 September 1812

2146. Robert Southey to Charles Watkin Williams Wynn, 16 September 1812 ⁠* 

Keswick. Sept 16. 1812

My dear Wynn

I give you joy of your daughter, [1]  in hope that next time I may give you joy of a son. You will I hope have an opportunity of returning the joy in the course of next month, when my four are likely to be made five. [2]  Next year perhaps you will look in upon me, & see how my books & my bairns have multiplied since you were at Keswick.

Bedford leaves this place on Saturday, with a due liking towards this country for the benefits which he has received from it. He has seen a great deal of it & enjoyed it thoroughly.

You will have the Omniana [3]  soon, & with it the new edition of Joan of Arc, [4]  better than the former inasmuch as it has been weeded, still however the faults of diction are such & plan are such that the youth of the writer must be their only excuse, & of this I am so well persuaded that such as it is, it shall remain, because to make it what it ought to be would be a labour equivalent to that of writing a new poem.

Frank the inclosed for me, which covers another letter to Bahia. It seems the books from Bahia were sent me by the Conde dos Arcos, who is Capt General of the Province. [5]  If that country can escape the revolutionary plague which is devastating Spanish America, what a country will it become in half a century! A wise Embassador from this country would lead the Province to any kind of improvement that England might suggest.



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Unpublished.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

[1] Wynn’s daughter, Harriet Hester Williams Wynn (1812–1878) was born on 18 August 1812. BACK

[2] Isabel Southey was born in November 1812. BACK

[3] Omniana, or Horae Otiosiores (1812). BACK

[4] The fourth edition of Joan of Arc (1812). BACK

[5] Marcos de Noronha e Brito, Conde dos Arcos (1771–1828), Governor General of Bahia 30 September 1810–26 January 1818. He had sent: Manuel Calado do Salvador (1584–1654), Valeroso Lucideno e o Triunfo da Liberdade (1648), a first-hand account of northern Brazil during the period of Dutch rule in 1630–1654; and a copy of José de Anchieta (1534–1597), Arte de Grammatica da Lingoa mais Usada na Costa do Brasil (1595). This was no. 1530 in the sale catalogue of Southey’s library, inscribed by him: ‘This singularly rare and curious book was sent to me from the Public Library of Bahia de Todos, or Santos, by desire of the Conde des Arcos, then Governor of that Captaincy.’ BACK

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