2760. Robert Southey to Charles Watkin Williams Wynn, 17 April [1816]

2760. Robert Southey to Charles Watkin Williams Wynn, 17 April [1816]⁠* 

17 April

My dear Wynn

After long & dreadful suspense all is over. [1]  Many will feel for me, – but no man knows what I have lost!

If it be possible I will remove from Cumberland. There is no wisdom in indulging a grief that of itself must take far too deep a root. My lease has one year to run, – if I can raise the money for removing I will fly from these Lakes & Mountains, & fix myself near London. The scenery will be insupportable, – where he bore so large a part in every enjoyment of the last ten years!

I am perfectly resigned, – but know not how my bodily health will stand out, – I can perceive myself much reduced by five weeks ceaseless anxiety. It has been a sore trial, – all former afflictions seem now but as dust in the balance. But we were too happy, & it was not to be expected that such happiness should endure.

God bless you



* Address: To/ C W Williams Wynn Esqre MP/ London
Stamped: KESWICK/ 298
MS: National Library of Wales, MS 4812D. ALS; 2p.
Unpublished. BACK

[1] Southey’s son, Herbert, died on 17 April 1816. BACK

People mentioned

Southey, Herbert (1806–1816) (mentioned 1 time)


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