1385. Robert Southey to Charles Watkin Williams Wynn, [late November/early December 1807] 

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The Collected Letters of Robert Southey Part 3

1385. Robert Southey to Charles Watkin Williams Wynn, [late November/early December 1807] ⁠* 

My dear Wynn

The Lisbon news, which has just reached me, has set my whole system in that state of fermentation which ten years ago would have found vent in an ode. Now, long disuse has given occasioned reluctance to the effort.

Oh that I had been present at the departure of the Braganzas! – for with all that imbecillity & bigotry which nature & education have given Prince Joaõ he has shown himself a Braganza now. [1]  – There are some bones which should have been taken with him & not left in a xxxx conquered country. which some of them I could have followed barefoot to the water side. But if I write thus I had better be writing verse –

God bless you

RS.

Wednesday


Notes

* Address: To/ C W WilliamsWynn Esqr/ M. P./Welsh-pool
Stamped: KESWICK/ 298
MS: National Library of Wales, MS 4813D (undated letters)
Unpublished. BACK

[1] With Portugal about to be conquered by France, on 29 November 1807 a British squadron under the command of Sir William Sidney Smith (1764–1840; DNB) escorted the Portuguese Prince Regent, John VI (the Duke of Braganza) (1767–1826), and the Queen, his mother, across the Atlantic. BACK

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August 2013