2851. Robert Southey to Charles Watkin Williams Wynn, 11 October 1816*
My dear Wynn
I send you the first section of Oliver Newman.  The train of thought belonging to it had long dormant, but in talking upon the subject with you, & now in transcribing this opening scene they are wakened up. – the plan which was originally [MS torn]tchd six years ago is now pretty well matured, – & I shall very probably soon resume [MS torn] in good earnest.  – I hope it will not fall short of my former poems in interest or in execution. – & believe it will be the last of any length that I shall undertake of any length
Your letter requires a longer reply than I can now afford to give it. I believe that transportation is the proper punishment for seditious libel, – that any other is ridiculously inefficient, – & that unless this is resorted to, the worst consequences are to be apprehended, & that at no distant time.
My booksellers accounts have improved, – for the first time there is a balance in my favour in Longmans hands. Another year may enable me to pay off old debts, & xx begin to lay by. – Roderick has done this for me, & the Pilgrimage also has done well.  An edition of 2000 sold in two months giving me a profit of 215£. Perhaps in another year I may be able to give up reviewing, which most assuredly I shall do as soon as I can afford it.
God bless you
11 Oct. 1816.