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The Collected Letters of Robert Southey Part 4: 1810-1815

2131. Robert Southey to Charles Watkin Williams Wynn, 1 August 1812 ⁠* 

Keswick. Aug. 1. 1812.

My dear Wynn

I found your letter on my return from a twelve days absence during which I made a round of 300 miles, mostly on foot, going eastward as far as Durham, & returning by Wensley-dale & the Yorkshire caves. My holydays are shorter than yours, – but my work, thank Heaven, of a less fatiguing nature. I must postpone my journey to London till Spring, for the purpose of getting out the Register [1]  for 1811 in March, – a thing deemed esseantial to its interest, & perhaps to its continuance. It will not be difficult for me to do this, – but I doubt its continuance more than another year. It sells well in Scotland, & hardly has any sale in England. The London booksellers are mostly interested in the other Registers, & if they do not, as there is strong reason to suspect, unfairly keep this back, it is certain that they make little or no attempt to forward it. – This probable defalcation of [MS torn] would seem at first a very serious evil to a man in my situation, but I dare say by the time it comes I shall not consider it so. The marketable value of my time increases every year, & I am not without some expectation that even my poetry will prove a lucrative commodity at last. The 2d edition of Kehama is so nearly sold that a third is sent to press. [2]  My profits on the two are about 260£. – there is hope then that a Poem may hereafter produce as much as a volume of the Register. Perhaps I shall quicken my pace with Pelayo [3]  in consequence, – because I have three other poems in contemplation, x each of a more taking xxx character.

Put the inclosed into a cover for me & direct it to Juan Alonso Ortiz Esqr  [4]  – Spanish Consul General, Salisbury Street, Strand. – I inclose another letter to be franked, it contains one which is to find its way to our Consul at Bahia, [5]  & therefore ought to go free to London.

God bless you.

RS.


Notes

* Address: To/ C W Williams Wynn Esqr M.P./ Acton/ Wrexham
Stamped: KESWICK/ 298
MS: National Library of Wales, MS 4812D
Unpublished. BACK

[1] Edinburgh Annual Register, for 1811 (1813). BACK

[2] A second edition of The Curse of Kehama had been published in 1811, a third appeared in 1812. BACK

[3] The early name for Roderick, the Last of the Goths (1814). BACK

[4] Juan Alonso Ortiz (d. 1815), Spanish consul-general in London, 1809–1815. BACK

[5] The diplomat Frederick Lindeman (dates unknown), who had taken up his post at Bahia in 1810. BACK

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