Wednesday. August 16. 1797.
The Poole Mail will convey Coke  to me, & the Christ Church cart
leave it at my door.
I beseech you send me the verses of Miss Anna Seward;  they shall be carefully
returned. as for her favorite Henry the fifth  I can only say the more I learn of his character
the more detestable it appears. our Edwards were tolerable considering the day
they lived in. I have never thought so highly as our historians of the Black
Princes waiting at supper upon the captive King,  it was an ill judged
condescension & must have been painful to John. he should have supped
with him. but Henry after the battle of Agincourt made the his prisoners wait upon him. I find this in an old Chronicler
whose name seems almost to have perished. Edmond Howes.  he wrote under Elizabeth James & in the earlier
years of Charles & expresses obligations to Sir Edward Coke &
Master Camden. 
The account you have sent me of the Rebutter in the action at
Paris is subsequent to the action of my poem. Burgundys defection appears
sufficiently important to justify the anachronism & indeed the business
of Orleans first occasioned dissentions between him & Bedford.  Surely Wynn if you will look at Bedfords
nose, you will see how fit he was to burn the Maid. I have a great
physiognomical dislike to him.
Shakespere mentions the thunder & lightning. I find
Gladdisdale there under the name of Sir William Glansdale.  but what name can have been
metamorphosed into Glacidas? Du Serres  mentions him, & Chapelain  kills him at the
falling in of the bridge, an incident of which he has made little use, tho so
very fine in itself. does there appear to you too much attempt at artifice in
suppressing the name of Theodore till his death? the pen of expurgation has
passed thro the long speech of stupidity P. 147–148. will you like leopard or
libbard? I have used the first.
Charles Lloyd is with me — an
unexpected visitor. his poems that made so awkward a folio  figure are now printed
in the pocket size with Coleridges & Lambs. 
My simily which you like of Azrael,  is not
historically or rather fabulously correct. the visit is true but the effects his
presence produced I had connected from the Devil in the Duke of Guise  who
was such an adept in drawing up deeds. I shall not alter it. Hræsvelger puzzled
every body — I shall satisfy them by quoting the Vafthrudnismal. 
the 8th book must conclude with the simily
which ends line 684. I shall want the rest to lengthen out the 9th for which the business with Burgundy affords not enough materials.
prolixity is always bad.
I think Grosvenor much more to blame in beginning his study of law than in
abandoning it. he has not time for it — nor, as I think, any adequate motive.
true this should have been considered earlier, but he expected more leisure
& has been disappointed. with enough at present, x the prospect one day of independance, &
having no friends who require his assistance, I think it the duty of a wise man
rather to improve his mind than his fortune. Bedford wants steadiness.
he has not even enough to be happy.
God bless you. I will work like a cart-horse to get to my
* Address: For/ C W Williams Wynn
Esqr/ 5. Stone Buildings/ Lincolns Inn/
Postmarks: AU/ 17/ 97; FREE/ AU/ 17/
Endorsement: August 16/ 1797
MS: National Library of Wales, MS
Previously published: Kenneth Curry (ed.), New
Letters of Robert Southey, 2 vols (London and New York, 1965),
I, pp. 140–142. BACK
 Sir Edward Coke (1552–1643; DNB),
Institutes of the Laws of
England (1628–1644). BACK
 Anna Seward (1747–1809; DNB), ‘Written by Anna Seward, After Reading Southey’s Joan of Arc’ appeared in the Morning
Chronicle on 5 August 1797. BACK
 Henry V (1386/7–1422; reigned 1413–1422; DNB). BACK
 The story that Edward, Prince of Wales, the Black Prince
(1330–1376; DNB), waited upon the captured French
king John II (1319–1364; reigned 1350–1364). BACK
 Edmund Howes (fl. 1602–1631; DNB),
The Annales, or Generalle Chronicle of England, Begun
First by Maister John Stow, and After Him Continued and Augmented with
Matters Forreine and Domesticall unto the End of Yeare 1610, by E.
H. (1611). BACK
 William Camden (1551–1623;
DNB), antiquary. BACK
 John, Duke of Bedford (1389–1435; DNB). BACK
 A character in the first part of Henry VI. BACK
 Jean De Serres (1540–1598), Histoire de France
(1598). Southey used the English translation by Edward Grimestone (dates
unknown), published in 1607, for the second edition of Joan
of Arc. BACK
 Jean Chapelain (1595–1674), La
Pucelle ou la France Délivrée (1756). BACK
 Charles Lloyd, Poems on the
Death of Priscilla Farmer (1796). BACK
Poems, by S. T. Coleridge, Second Edition.
To Which are Now Added Poems by Charles Lamb, and Charles Lloyd
 Azrael, the archangel of death, appears in Southey’s Thalaba the Destroyer (1801). BACK
 John Dryden (1631–1700; DNB) and Nathaniel Lee (1649–1692; DNB), The Duke of Guise (1683). BACK
 A poem in the Edda, a
verse translation of which appeared in Amos Simon Cottle, Icelandic Poetry, or the Edda of Saemund Translated into English
Verse (Bristol, 1797), pp. –39. BACK