1775. Robert Southey to Charles Watkin Williams Wynn [fragment], [c. 2 May 1810] *
My dear Wynn
I begin to have the same sort of feeling about the Installation verses  that you may perhaps remember to have experienced at seven o clock on a Monday morning when Bible exercise was not begun – & what is worse the way to begin it had not yet been hit upon. – However I am going to Durham on Monday for three weeks holydays, – & who knows but they may be accomplished as a holydays task. – By Monday I expect to compleat the Register,  – & also to send off the whole of the notes for Kehama,  – thus clearing my hands of two long & weighty jobs, – tho it is only to begin others. – for Ballantyne will be calling on me for his next volume  as soon as this is out of his press. – & Gifford & Murray are pressing me for the Quarterly with flattery & civility, & payment beyond any thing I ever dreamt of receiving. – I have promised Murray a life of Nelson – in a five shilling volume, – to be the young sailors manual.  And here are my own great works of history  to go on with – Judge you how full my hands are. I am thank God getting up hill & may expect in the course of two years to right myself in Longmans books, & xxxx xx make my income exceed my expenditure – till now my it has fallen short, & that God knows neither for want of oeconomy nor labour. But I have never been discouraged nor ever deprest, for being always confident that sooner or later xxxxxxx xxxxxx some future exertion would bring in payment & interest for the part.
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* Address: To/ C W Williams Wynn Esqr M.P./ London
Stamped: [partial] KESWICK
Postmark: [partial] FREE/ 1810
MS: National Library of Wales, MS 4812D. AL; 2p.
Dating note: dating from internal evidence. BACK
 Southey had been asked by Wynn to write a poem commemorating Grenville’s (Wynn’s uncle) installation as Chancellor of Oxford University. It was published as ‘Verses. Spoken in the Theatre at Oxford Upon the Installation of Lord Grenville’, Edinburgh Annual Register, for 1809, 2.2 (1811), 641–643. BACK