8. Robert Southey to Thomas Davis
Lamb, [c. 26 April 1792]
I will be obliged to you to send my portfolio with all my verses
<all its contents> &c &
No 6 of to Hart Street. the
Castles of Athlin & Dunbayne  which is in the
deal box or Combes bookcase
& if you will get No 6  from Gingers & send with them
as I have the rest.
Combes breaking up so soon is very
odd. I know Vincent fears a
rebellion for he told Dr Whalesby  so. most likely he will make Adderly break up & you &
then he will be secure. I wish I could hear the trial — Mr
Reed will get Garrow  to cut up
the Doctor. you seem to be in a pretty situation — when Combe
Adderly & you are gone Dodd will plug the house about without opposition — his Majesty would not have broke up so
soon unless by Vincents
particular desire — I expect you will be at home next — however you have one
Ignoramus at the head of the underschool & in all human probability will
have another in Dr V. I am obliged to discontinue the
Flagellant. No 10 concludes it  — but
we shall not waste our papers. we mean to write on & some months hence
publish a volume compleat. I plan a paper upon wigs & if you like a
curious sketch take the following.
Wigs emblematic of hypocrisy — hypocrisy springs from the Devil
Ergo the Devil the inventor of wigs.
NB. as reflection upon your old wig.
a few quotations from Milton Spencer — the testament the Koran
the Edda  Hugo Grotius, 
Juvenal  &c &c &c
&c &c &c &c &c &c — derivation
of the word hypocrisy UπΟ
κριτςς  the mask which the old actors
wore. therefore the wig a mask for ignorance & hypocrisy.
the monks shave their head. all extremes bad
Medio tutissismus ibis
Doctors should wear their own hair.
wigs came in fashion as wisdom declined — old custom no good authority. quotation
from Tom Paine 
concerning precedent. the primitive fathers did not wear wigs. bishops do
& therefore the bishops are not orthodox.
ass in a lions skin
Mr Wingfield in a wig —
but all this will not do yet — I must lay by for some time — meanwhile I will lay
in a good store of doses for the Doctor the Devil & Dodd.
if we go to France we will send Combe a letter every day — double or
treble first a French one & then a translation for fear he should be
puzzled — & now as I have nothing to say I conclude.
* Address: Mr Davies Lamb/ Mrs Cloughs/ Deans Yard/ Westminster
Postmark: AP/ 26/ 92
MS: Houghton Library, bMS Eng
Radcliffe (1764–1823; DNB), The
Castles of Athlin and Dunbayne (1789). BACK
 Southey is
referring to the sixth issue of The Flagellant,
which appeared on 5 April 1792. BACK
 The barrister
William Garrow (1760–1840; DNB). BACK
 Southey was mistaken; the ninth, and final, issue of The Flagellant appeared on 26 April 1792. BACK
 A collection of poems dealing
with Norse mythology. In 1797 Southey encouraged Amos Simon Cottle to
translate the Latin text of the Edda into
Grotius (1583–1645), Dutch statesman and writer on international law. BACK
 Decimus Junius Juvenalis (fl.
AD late C1 and early C2), satirist. BACK
 The Greek translates properly as ‘actor’, but
its meaning in NT Greek is ‘hypocrite’. BACK
 The Latin translates
roughly as ‘Moderation in all things/ Therefore’. BACK
 Southey is paraphrasing
ideas found in Thomas Paine (1737–1809; DNB),
The Rights of Man (1791–1792). BACK