3732. Robert Southey to Humphrey Senhouse, 19 September 1821*
Keswick. 19 Sept. 1821
My dear Senhouse
I am told that the disgust between the King & his ministers has gone on increasing so rapidly, owing to the Marchioness of Connyngham, that it is scarcely possible a complete change can be avoided.  Who would be brought into administration I have not heard, & cannot guess. It is almost better the Whigs should be in, than that they should goad the Government to the xxxxxxxx so many ruinous measures of retrenchment & concession; – measures which they themselves know to be unwise & injurious, but which they are rascals enough to force on, for the sake of weakening the Ministry. James Brougham  is honest enough to avow that they act upon this honest system.
The weather seems to be improving, & I hope Miss Fanny  will see the country in its richest autumnal dress. – I wonder the Ellen should have continued low so long. Our river has several times been full, & the lake so high as to cover many of the piers.
Remember us to all your fireside, & believe me
My Dear Senhouse
* Address: To/ Humphrey
Senhouse Esqre/ Netherhall/ Maryport.
Stamped: KESWICK/ 298
Seal: red wax
Watermark: S E & Co/ 1819
MS: Department of Rare Books, Special Collections and Preservation, River Campus Libraries, University of Rochester, Robert Southey Papers A.S727. ALS; 3p.
 Elizabeth Conyngham, Marchioness Conyngham (1769–1861; DNB), George IV’s mistress from 1819. Her demand that the government employ her friends and relatives was causing some strain between George IV and his Cabinet. Southey’s information came from Charles Watkin Williams Wynn; see Southey to John Rickman, 14 September 1821, Letter 3731. BACK