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The Collected Letters of Robert Southey Part 1: 1791-1797, Edited By Lynda Pratt

194. Robert Southey to the Editor of the Monthly Magazine, 5 January 1797 ⁠* 


I AM obliged to your correspondent Meirion, for the information he afforded me in your last Number; will he have the goodness to inform me likewise where the Poems of Hywel, son of Owain Gwynez [1]  are to be found, and if they have been translated? One I have met with, among the valuable contents of the Cambrian Register; [2]  if it be not trespassing too much on the more erudite researches of your correspondent, perhaps a translation of some of these pieces might be acceptable to your general readers.


Jan. 5, 1797.


* MS: MS has not survived
Previously published: Monthly Magazine, 3 (January 1797), 4 [from where the text is taken] under pseudonym ‘B.’. New attribution to Southey. BACK

[1] Hywel (d. 1170) was the illegitimate son of Owen Gwynedd (c. 1100–1170). He died at the battle of Pentraeth on Anglesey in North Wales. In legend, he was the half-brother of Prince Madoc. BACK

[2] See ‘Y Dewis. Hywel ab Owain ai cant.', The Cambrian Register, 3 vols (London, 1795–1818), I, pp. 412–413. BACK

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