1343. Robert Southey to Charles Watkin Williams Wynn, [c. 9 July 1807] *
My dear Wynn
Immediately on reading your letter I fled to the sheets of Madoc  to see whether it was possible that the Dedication could have been forgotten. But there it is. Your copy must therefore by some accident have been mutilated, – return it xxxx & get another. I could almost feel hurt that you did not immediately account for its omission by any thing rather than design.
I have received to day a letter of thanks from the Editor of Mrs Hutchinsons Memoirs for the manner in which I have reviewed it,  & he tells me that Earl Manvers  – I guess the name to be but both his Earlship & his Editorship wrote xxxx so villainouly that it is but a guess – has ordered the Annual upon the strength of the same critique. Now am I very curious to read this said reviewal, having as usual fairly passed over it. The book itself is one of the most admirable I ever remember to have read.
What a complete catchpenny is Johnes’s Joinville! 
If you find a second copy of the Madoc without the Dedication let me know it that I may enquire into the cause, – for be you assured Wynn that, of the two, I would rather cancel the poem than that page.
God bless you
Oh the Debates! – It will be well if such debates do not put the people of England in mind of the first scene of the Alchemist. 
The Bristol division of my books are on the seas, & I shall be in fear till they arrive. 
 See Southey to Longmans, 5 June 1807, Letter 1330. Longman had been considering whether to take over publication of the Edinburgh Review under a new editor, in which case the reviews that Southey was undertaking for the Annual Review would have instead appeared in the Edinburgh. BACK
 View of the Present State of Poland (1807; from essays originally published in the Monthly Magazine), Specimens of English Prose Writers (1807; a companion to George Ellis’s Specimens of the Early English Poets). BACK
 In the Annual Review for 1806, 5 (1807), 361–378, appeared Southey’s notice of Lucy Hutchinson (1620–1681; DNB), Memoirs of the Life of Colonel Hutchinson (1806), a posthumously published memoir by the widow of Colonel John Hutchinson (1615–1664; DNB). The Colonel was a Puritan commander in the English civil war and a signatory of the death warrant of King Charles I. The editor thanking Southey was the Rev. Julius Hutchinson (dates unknown), a descendant. BACK
 Charles Pierrepont, 1st Earl Manvers (1737–1816), the Nottinghamshire nobleman who owned estates in the area of Owthorpe House, formerly the seat of the Hutchinsons but by 1807 semi-derelict. BACK
 Memoirs of John Lord de Joinville ... Containing a History of Part of the Life of Louis IX. ... To Which are Added, the Notes and Dissertations of M. Du Cange on the above; Together with the Dissertations of M. le Baron de la Bastie on the Life of St. Louis, M. l’Évesque de la Ravaliere and M. Falconet on the Assassins of Syria. The Whole Translated by T. Johnes (1807). BACK