306.1 Robert Southey to John Feltham [fragment], 14 April 1798
306.1 Robert Southey to John Feltham [fragment], 14 April 1798 *
Horizontal water–wheels are common in Spain; I have seen many of them; they attracted my notice by their singularity and simplicity. 
* MS: Untraced; text is taken from John Feltham, A Tour Through the Island of
Previously published: John Feltham, A Tour Through the Island of Mann, In 1797 and 1798; Comprising Sketches of its Ancient and Modern History, Constitutions, Laws, Commerce, Agriculture, Fishery, &c. (Bath, 1798), p. 124.
Note on text: the letter survives only as one sentence, extracted from a letter sent by Southey to Feltham and included in the latter’s Tour. Feltham’s publisher was Richard Cruttwell, who had also issued Southey and Robert Lovell’s Poems (1795). BACK
 Southey’s observations echo a short passage added to the second edition of his Letters Written During a Short Residence in Spain and Portugal (Bristol and London, 1799), p. 55: ‘We passed one of those mills, common in this country, with a horizontal wheel. I thought its effect finer than that of a perpendicular one, perhaps from not being accustomed to it, perhaps from the simplicity of the building, and its situation.’ BACK