2448. Robert Southey to Charles Watkin Williams Wynn, 21 June 1814 *
21 June 1814.
My dear Wynn
I conclude you have had no answer from Doyle,  & indeed considering the state of Spain it is equally possible that the letter may never have reached him, – or that he may have been too busy (in chusing sides & in political manoeuvering) – to have noticed it. This I have said to Edward, who tells me he has been studying the Spanish grammar with great assiduity, & expresses a natural anxiety to know the result of your endeavours in his behalf. I dare not & do not augur well of the results of the experiment, & yet am desirous that it should be made. If you write again to his Excellency Don Carlos,  let him know that I am writing the history of the Spanish War.  The part which he has borne in it is such that I dare say he would be very glad to make a friend of the historian. I thought him likely to have made a dashing soldier, but he has proved a mere vapourer, – & luckily got into a land where fanfarronada  passes current.
I am anxious to hear of Bedford. His fathers recovery is not to be wished, for what of life might remain would only be feebleness for himself, & continual fear & anxiety for all about him. Whenever he goes I think it likely that his wife will not long survive him: I never saw two persons of their age so old & feeble. Grosvenor will suffer severely. The order of things has been reversd in that family, – & his parents have become to him as children. – God bless you. How are the measleites?
I am near the end of my poem:  close employment upon this, & the other things which as PL. I was led to think of, have made me almost as desperate a poet as I was twenty years ago. In this respect Jupiter seems to have rolled back my past years. I owe you a long letter, & will erelong discharge the debt.
 Possibly Charles William Doyle (1770–1842; DNB), an officer who had acted as a liaison between British and Spanish forces and had been involved in training Spanish troops. Southey was trying to find a post in the Spanish army for Edward Southey. BACK