Tuesday June 27 98.
My dear Wynn
Thank God I have at last accomplished the business of settling
my mother, a business which
three months ago I almost feared would be impracticable. I write to you from
Westbury, one of the villages at
the end of Durdham Down, two miles from Bristol. the house I have taken for her
is a very old one. but my revolutionizing hand has already removed much rubbish
& added some conveniences. there is a garden large enough to supply our
table, & the back view is extensive, & as beautiful as a prospect can be
without any characteristic sublimity, which has only hill, & wood vale, & wood to vary it.
I cannot tell you from what a weight I feel relieved by this
change in her situation. Edith too
is evidently better. We are as busy as you may conceive, but the fatigue of
preparing future comfort is itself almost comfortable. I hope my mother may like the place
enough, & find it agree with her health so well, as to make it her continued
home. I should like to make it the place of my summer visit, & feel when in
London that I had also a home in a pleasanter place.
We came here only on Monday; in a few days I hope all bustle will
be over, & I shall quietly settle into regularity. It is a long time since
you have written. In my last I enquired for your brother  — if his hurt was a
slight one. this Irish business is very dreadful. it is one comfort that they
are only Irishmen on one side & soldiers on the other, & the conduct of
both has been so brutal that one may certainly be easily reconciled to the
slaughter of either or both. 
I thought to have seen Wales this summer & had expected much
pleasure. other reasons however make me willingly give up the plan, &
excepting a visit to Hereford & its neighbourhood I shall be stationary here
till we remove again to London. my
mother will receive a regular small income from her brother, but it has been her removal from Bath has been a
heavy expence, & for a short time I keep house. I now believe she will
recover her health. indeed the prospect before me is fairer than I ever remember
My Letters  are immediately going to
the press. they will be much corrected, & will I believe make a handsome
& respectable book. did you ever see Sothebys descriptive sketches in
Wales?  the aqua-tinta views in that are our
model, tho of a smaller size to suit the octavo page.
If you have an Anthologia  by you or
can recollect the Epitaph do send me those two lines which conclude thus
I have forgotten the beginning of the hexameter.
I saw your name in the debates  & cursed the reporters ears – he should have
borrowed Dapples. 
God bless you.
Direct as usual to Cottles.
* Address: To/ C W Williams Wynn
Esqr/ 5. Stone Buildings/ Lincolns Inn/
Postmarks: [partial] B/ JU/ 28; FREE/ JU/ 28
Endorsements: June 27 1798; Mr Wynn
National Library of Wales, MS 4811D
 Sir Watkin Williams Wynn (1772–1840; DNB),
older brother of Charles Watkin Williams Wynn. BACK
 A planned
revolution by the United Irishmen had got off to a faltering start on 23 May
1798, but fighting continued intermittently until September. BACK
 A second
edition of Letters Written During a Short Residence in Spain and
Portugal was published in 1799. BACK
 William Sotheby (1757–1835;
DNB), A Tour through Parts of Wales, Sonnets,
Odes, and other Poems. With Engravings from Drawings taken on the Spot,
by J. Smith (1794). BACK
The Anthologia Graeca, a collections of poems spanning
the classical and Byzantine periods of Greek literature. BACK
 Callimachus (310/305 BC–240BC), Epigram 8, ‘Here sleeping the
sacred sleep is Saon son of Dicon of Acanthus. Don’t say that good men die’.
Southey translated this epigram in Common-Place Book, ed.
John Wood Warter, 4 series (London, 1849–1850), IV, p. 73, where it is dated
14 January 1798. The translation appeared unsigned in the Morning
Post, 6 April 1798. BACK
 Debates in the House of Commons, in which Wynn, an MP since
1797, participated. BACK
 A nickname for Grosvenor Charles Bedford,
derived from that of Sancho Panza’s ass in Miguel de Cervantes Saavedra
(1547–1616), Don Quixote (1605–1615). BACK