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The Collected Letters of Robert Southey Part 3

976. Robert Southey to Charles Watkin Williams Wynn, 18 August 1804 ⁠* 

Dear Wynn

We have had so much rain that fine weather may almost be calculated upon. – Cross the sands from Lancaster, if the weather be fair, & be sure you do not attempt it in misty weather or without a guide. see Furness Abbey & come by Conistone Lake to Ambleside. from thence make for the Royal Oak at Keswick, there put up your gig, & make somebody bring up the seat here & show you the way – it is not a five minutes walk.

The letter {delay} of the letter was my fault. [1]  it was left in my desk instead of on it.

The 15th sheet of Madoc [2]  this evening. I have now fairly got thro my difficulty & am travelling over the old beaten road.

God bless you

RS.

Saturday Aug 18. 1804.

xxx xxx/ I trouble you with the inclosed  [3] 


Notes

* Address: To/ C W Williams Wynn Esqr M P./ Chester
Stamped: KESWICK/ 298
MS: National Library of Wales, MS 4811D
Unpublished. BACK

[1] Southey’s last letter to Wynn had been started and then forgotten about for some time; see Southey to Charles Watkin Williams Wynn, [begun before, and continued on] 2 August 1804, Letter 972. BACK

[2] Southey was correcting proofs of Madoc (1805) even while still revising the sections of the manuscript not yet sent to the printer. It was completed in October 1804. BACK

[3] Written on the address sheet. BACK

Published @ RC

August 2013