2577. Robert Southey to Charles Watkin Williams Wynn, 18 March 1815
2577. Robert Southey to Charles Watkin Williams Wynn, 18 March 1815 *
My dear Wynn,
I have two hopes from this resurrection of the Devil.  One is that the race of those cursed soldiers who have been bred up under Buonapartes system may do good execution upon each other, & that kind of military spirit be cut up by the roots. The other is that as I am sure know what your feelings must be, xx you & your friends  may by this occasion come into office, – for never did any ministry stand more in need of being reinforced by men capable of acting boldly & decisively. What a weakness to let the property tax  be hooted down when it was so palpably for the general good that it should have continued another year! What a madness to quarrel with the mob con[MS obscured] Bread.  The last xxxxxxx xxxxxx can only be equalled by.
I was exceedingly pleased at what you said respecting duelling in the army.  How much good might be done if men would set about it in the right spirit & the right way! I have long thought of writing a paper for the Quarterly upon real practicable reform, – & indeed have promised to do it.  It would have been executed ere this, if I could have written without fear of the Editors timidity. It has always been my fate in reviewing to have th <an> editor come with his sow-gelders knife, & emasculate the style & the argument. Gifford plays the very Devil with me.
God bless you
Keswick. 18 March 1815.
* Address: To/ C W Williams Wynn Esqre/ London
Stamped: KESWICK/ 298
Postmark: FREE/ 21 MR 21/ 1815
MS: National Library of Wales, MS 4812D. ALS; 2p.
 Napoleon Bonaparte (1769–1821), who had escaped from Elba on 26 February 1815 and returned to France. BACK
 i.e. the followers of Lord Grenville. BACK
 The Government had made an announcement in the House of Commons on 9 February 1815 that income tax would be abolished. In fact, the renewed war with France in 1815 meant the war-time income tax was not finally ended until 1816. BACK
 The Government had introduced its proposal for a sliding scale of duties on imported corn on 1 March 1815. The Bill passed on 23 March 1815, despite much urban opposition. BACK
 In a House of Commons debate on the Mutiny Bill on 7 March 1815, Wynn had advocated that ‘military duels should have some mark of disapprobation affixed to them’. BACK