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