2446. Robert Southey to Charles Watkin Williams Wynn, 18 June 1814 *
My dear Wynn
You live so near the Chequers that I may ask you with a safe conscience to send Duppa the inclosed.  I have written certain Odes  to which he stands midwife, & this letter of his contains certain remarks which he wishes to have at hand to refer to in making the permitted alterations: from what Ld Wm Gordon  has just told me it is very likely the things will be published before the corrections arrive – it is of little moment. Longman will send them to you. I like them in their way, & they will probably x excite little notice now, & bring me no emolument, – but they will not discredit me when they appear hereafter among my collected poems.
I see by the papers that all had been going on well with your children.  I xxxx thought you had had the measles while at school, – distinctly remembering a report to that effect,. – that you were gone home with it.
God bless you
June 18. 1814.
 Congratulatory Odes. Odes to His Royal Highness The Prince Regent, His Imperial Majesty The Emperor of Russia, and His Majesty the King of Prussia (1814), which commemorated the visits of Alexander I (1777–1825; Emperor of Russia 1801–1825) and Frederick William III (1770–1840; King of Prussia 1797–1840). BACK