2275. Robert Southey to Charles Watkin Williams Wynn, 28 June 1813

2275. Robert Southey to Charles Watkin Williams Wynn, 28 June 1813 ⁠* 

Keswick. June 28. 1813

My dear Wynn

My house has been a dismal one for some time past. Yesterday I buried my brother in law, [1]  & am now resuming my usual course of life, which has been sadly disturbed. In about three weeks I expect to be in town: – you will probably have left it, – in that case I may perhaps see you on my way home.

I was glad to see what you said upon Creeveys motion in this nights paper. [2] 

Have you seen Major Price’s Retrospect of Mahommedan history? [3]  – an extraordinary book to come from Brecknock. I am reading it with great appetite.

I am trembling for the Escurial library. It has been removd to Madrid & is threatened with removal to France. This touches me nearly, for there is a poem there upon the life of Count Ferran Gonzalez nearly equal in age to the Poema del Cid, [4]  or quite so, of which not a line has yet been printed. – & I had just found means of ordering a transcript. [5] 

God bless you



* Address: To/ C W Williams Wynn Esqr M.P./ Duke Street/ Westminster
Postmark: FREE/ 1 JY 1/ 1813
Stamped: KESWICK/ 298
MS: National Library of Wales, MS 4812D. ALS; 2p.
Unpublished. BACK

[1] George Fricker had died on 24 June 1813; see Southey to Charles Danvers, 28 June 1813, Letter 2274. BACK

[2] Thomas Creevey (1768–1838; DNB) Whig MP for Thetford 1802–1818, Appleby 1820–1826, Downham 1831–1832, had moved a motion on the subject of parliamentary privilege for statements made in the Commons, on 25 June 1813 – a subject close to his heart as he had just been convicted of libelling a Liverpool inspector of taxes and fined £100. Wynn had spoken against Creevey’s motion, declaring that it should be possible to prosecute MPs for statements made in the Commons if these comments were subsequently printed. BACK

[3] The orientalist and army officer David Price (1762–1835; DNB), a native of Breconshire and later deputy lieutenant of the county. His Chronological Retrospect, or, Memoirs of the Principal Events of Mohammedan History was published in three volumes between 1811–1821. Southey’s copy was no. 2350 in the sale catalogue of his library. BACK

[4] ‘El Poema de Myo Cid’, a 12th–13th-century Spanish epic poem. BACK

[5] The ‘Poem of Fernan Gonzalez’, a 13th-century account of the life of Fernando Gonzalez, Count of Castile 931–970. The poem survived in one 15th-century manuscipt in the royal archive at the Escurial. Southey later obtained a copy via Manuel Abella; see Southey to John Rickman, 9 October 1814, Letter 2484. BACK

People mentioned

Fricker, George (1785–1813) (mentioned 1 time)

Places mentioned

Keswick (mentioned 1 time)