304. Robert Southey to Charles Watkin Williams Wynn, [10 April 1798] *
My dear Wynn
I expected no letters on a Monday, & therefore did not look for any yesterday — but yours came from Maidenhead when a London one would not have come — & I have now only time to acknowledge it. The Ring  shall come tomorrow — you must expect nothing from it — one stanza may cause a smile — & that is all.
have you forgotten the subject I once mentioned to you for a ballad without a ghost? — the castle inhabited only by the maniac & young woman? 
I have thought of writing to you as a Member of Parliament  upon the subject of the moral mxxx property left to charitable uses & misapplied. I am very glad you did not speak upon the Slave Trade  — & yet I should <not> like you always to swim silently with the stream. it appears to me that on this subject much might be done — & the condition of the poor very greatly amended by only restoring to them what is pilfered.
God bless you.
 Southey’s poem had appeared in the Morning Post, 22 February 1798, under the signature ‘Walter’ (probably a version of ‘Wat Tyler’, a favourite pseudonym of Southey’s). The poem was later renamed ‘King Charlemain’. BACK