3562. Robert Southey to Charles Watkin Williams Wynn, 18 November *
My dear Wynn
I inclose this for you to direct, not knowing where Peter the Great is to be found.  – Your cousin of Buckingham I see has had a narrow escape.  – some great mischief I fear will be done before the alarm is taken, & God grant it may not be too late. Calmly & soberly I must declare that my knowledge of history the conduct of the Whigs in this business is more flagitious more base & at the same time more every way abominable, than that of any faction in any country & in any period of history with which I am acquainted.
God bless you
Anno Reimobbbicae primo. 
 Richard Temple-Nugent-Brydges-Chandos-Grenville, 2nd Marquess of Buckingham (1776–1839; DNB), Wynn’s first cousin, was a prominent supporter of the Bill of Pains and Penalties, which unsuccessfully tried to dissolve George IV’s marriage and deprive his wife Caroline (1768–1821; DNB) of the title of Queen. Buckingham was passing through Aylesbury on 11 November 1820; while his carriage was changing horses it was surrounded by a large and hostile crowd and he only managed to proceed to his home at Stowe with great difficulty ‘and amidst the most deafening groans’, Morning Chronicle, 15 November 1820. BACK