1198. Robert Southey to Charles Watkin Williams Wynn, [June 1806]
1198. Robert Southey to Charles Watkin Williams Wynn, [June 1806] *
My dear Wynn
In the first of the inclosed Letters  there are three blanks which you can probably fill up for me – the number of theatres in London in Elizabeths time, the number of persons which the Pitt at Drury Lane holds, & the number of tiers of boxes there. 
I dined yesterday with Mr Bunbury.  after living here two years & keeping out of my way – he sent to invite me. He is not so clever a man as I had expected, tho very entertaining.
Bedford has sent me three sheets about the Abbey instead of extracts three sentences  – I wanted a more sure description of Sir Cloudeslys monument  & of Mr Thynnes  than my own memory would supply to insert in a Letter which Duppa has written;  for whatever relates to architecture & the arts he supplies me with. – Such another importation as the present will compleat the first volume – I shall begin the second with a journey to this part of England by way of Oxford, Birmingham & Liverpool.
Tell me whether you like Kehamas curse better in this form than in the original one –
If I remain the winter in England I shall finish this Poem instead of reviewing. as you say I shall miss the arrival of my parcels of new books, when the general goal jail delivery of Authors comes on 
God bless you
* Address: C W W Wynn Esqr
MS: National Library of Wales, MS 4813D. ALS; 2p.
Dating note: RS replies to Grosvenor Bedford regarding the ‘three sheets about the Abbey’ in his letter to him of 17 June 1806 and Bunbury moved to Keswick c. 1804, so ‘after living here two years’ corroborates the year. BACK
 Southey’s Letters from England by Don Manuel Alvarez Espriella; Translated from the Spanish (1807). BACK
 The new Theatre Royal, Drury Lane, built 1794, had five tiers and held a total of 3600 spectators. It burnt down in 1809. It features in Letter 18 of Letters from England by Don Manuel Alvarez Espriella; Translated from the Spanish (1807). BACK
 Henry William Bunbury (1750–1811; DNB), father of Southey’s school friend Charles John Bunbury, who moved to Keswick c. 1804. BACK
 Southey had asked Bedford for these on 21 May; see Southey to Grosvenor Charles Bedford, 21 May 1806, Letter 1183. BACK
 The death of Admiral of the Fleet, Sir Cloudesley Shovell (1650–1707; DNB), in a shipwreck, is commemorated in Westminster Abbey in a large marble monument. He is depicted lying on a couch dressed in Roman armour, with a relief of the shipwreck at the base of the monument. The monument is not described in Letters from England. BACK
 Thomas Thynne (1647/8–1682; DNB) was murdered while travelling in his coach. His body was buried in Westminster Abbey under a large tombstone depicting his murder. The monument is not described in Letters from England. BACK
 Letters from England by Don Manuel Alvarez Espriella; Translated from the Spanish (1807), Letter 23. BACK
 The Curse of Kehama (1810), Book II, ‘The Curse’, lines 144–169. See volume 4 of Robert Southey: Poetical Works 1793–1810, gen. ed. Lynda Pratt, 5 vols (London, 2004). BACK