3723. Robert Southey to Charles Watkin Williams Wynn, 1 September 1821*
My dear Wynn
Learning from you that Αναξ ανδρων  is still in the land of the living, I have done what uncertainty upon that point, has long withheld me from doing, – written to him. Poor fellow were we ever to meet again (& yet I hope we shall) – the first feeling would bring tears into our eyes, – an hour or two of delightful reminiscences would follow, & perhaps when the old stock of sympathy was exhausted we should be at a loss for other topics, & perceive how widely we have grown asunder.
I do not remember Dickins.  Wintle  I should have guessed to be as little susceptible of change as the Saracens Head.  But I should have thought the Bridegroom DOyly  as little to be aged, a Badger you know is always grey – & he was an old fellow at school. – Barns claimed acquaintance with me at Oxford last year,  & I certainly should not have known him, tho when he named himself I recognized something of his features.
Did you ever see a sword of Cromwells  age with <having> the back of the blade hollow, & the hilt loaded with quicksilver, so as to give weight to the blow?  – I forget where I have seen an allusion to such a weapon  – either in Fuller, I think, or in Jeremy Taylor.  A clumsy contrivance, & more likely to make the owner of the sword wield it awkwardly, than to give him any advantage. – The mention of J Taylor reminds me of some gross misprints in Reginald Hebers edition,  which I wish I had marked at the time that he might have given orders to cancel the leaves. A careful Corrector of the press is hardly now to be found in any printing office. The octavo edition of Burkes works, which I possess  is made in many places utterly unintelligible by its extreme inaccuracy.
Have you seen the most laborious work that ever proceeded from Wales? Major Prices Retrospect of Mahommedan History  – from Oriental authorities in four quarto volumes, printed in Brecknock? From the last volume I learn, what I could have forewarned him of (had I known him) before he sent the first to the Press, – that there are not many persons like myself, who will purchase such a work.
God bless you
1 Sept. 1821
 Thomas D’Oyly married Elizabeth Simons (dates unknown), daughter of Nicholas Simons (1754–1839), Rector of St Margaret’s, Canterbury 1807–1822, Rector of Ickham 1822–1839, on 4 January 1820, Morning Chronicle, 6 January 1820. BACK
 Henry More (1614–1687; DNB), ‘Preface’, to ‘A Platonick Song of the Soul’ in Philosophicall Poems (1647), no. 1998 in the sale catalogue of Southey’s library. Southey noted the passage in Common-Place Book, ed. John Wood Warter, 4 series (London, 1849–1850), II, p. 6. BACK
 The Works of the Right Honourable Edmund Burke (1815–1827), no. 492 in the sale catalogue of Southey’s library; an edition of the writings of Edmund Burke (1729–1797; DNB), conservative political theorist, philosopher and politician. BACK