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The Collected Letters of Robert Southey Part 3

1264. Robert Southey to Charles Watkin Williams Wynn, 23 January 1807 ⁠* 

Dear Wynn

Your frank ought to have contained some news of your daughter – but I conclude that all is going on well –What is her name? [1] 

I have an influenza upon me – which however I hope is going off. Our weather is very uncommon & very unwholesome. Not a flake of snow has fallen in the valley this whole winter till Wednesday last, it then just enough to swear by which thawed as it fell – the grass has continued to grow – the cattle have not {yet} been housed nor fed with hay {foddered}, The primroses and polyanthuses are in a sort of abortive blossom & at Christmas the daffodils were as forward as they usually are at the end of February. The saying of this country is that an open Xmas makes a fat Churchyard, & in fact contagious fevers are rife in the neighbourhood. – Yesterday I was laid up & have only been able to take my pen this evening – If it had not been for this delay Espriella [2]  would have been finished within the month – There are not above four or at most five letters to write. You will see much curious matter in what is to come – but my limits have been too narrow (for me that is not perhaps for the publick ) & I have not half emptied myself.

God bless you

RS

Friday 23 Jany 1807


Notes

* Address: To/ C W Williams Wynn Esqr M. P./ Whitehall/ Westminster/ Private
Stamped: KESWICK/ 298
Postmarks: [partial] FREE/ 25/ 1807
MS: National Library of Wales, MS 4812D
Unpublished. BACK

[1] Wynn’s wife, Mary, had recently given birth to a daughter, Charlotte Williams-Wynn (1807–1869; DNB); see Southey to Charles Watkin Williams Wynn, 18 January 1807, Letter 1262. BACK

[2] Letters from England by Don Manuel Alvarez Espriella. Translated from the Spanish (1807). BACK

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