2239. Robert Southey to Charles Watkin Williams Wynn, 2 April 1813

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

2239. Robert Southey to Charles Watkin Williams Wynn, 2 April 1813 ⁠* 

My dear Wynn

I hoped to have seen you in May, but now begin to think that it will not be possible for me to quit my desk. – My occupations keep pace with the necessity for them, – it is however some consolation to feel convinced that if the necessity did not exist, – the inclination would; & that I should be as busy if I were xxx in opulence, as I am now when living from hand to mouth. – I am planning a work of considerable importance – “the Age of George 3” – a philosophical view of the history of the last fifty years. [1]  This is a wide & arduous subject: but I have a clear conception of what it ought to be, & am well enough prepared for it to feel precisely where & how much I am deficient. If Murray & I agree about it, as we shall probably shall, I will write to you at length explaining xxx what I propose, & doubtless you will be able sometimes to direct me right, & sometimes to set me right when I may be going wrong.


April 2. 1813.

Nelson [2]  will be finished next week, the last proof but one goes back by this post.


* Address: To/ C W Williams Wynn Esqr M.P./ Duke Street/ Westminster
Stamped: KESWICK/ 298
Postmark: FREE/ 5 AP 5/ 1813
MS: National Library of Wales, MS 4812D. ALS; 2p.
Unpublished. BACK

[1] George III (1738–1820; King of the United Kingdom 1760–1820; DNB). This was not written. BACK

[2] The Life of Nelson (1813). BACK

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August 2013

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