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455. Robert Southey to Charles Watkin Williams Wynn, [18 November 1799] ⁠* 

My dear Wynn

Your letter found me exceedingly ill. a complaint in my bowels had left behind it a nervous fever – from which I am now just conscious of recovery. but I am reduced so as to be incapable of any exertion whatever. I have some complaint at heart, too God knows what – but if it continues I shall go to Bristol as soon as I have strength for the journey & put myself under Beddoes. I begin seriously to think of changing climate – for unless I can shake off these complaints, they will not only render professional labour impossible, but very likely destroy me.

Herbert Croft will not I think have the impudence to answer me. [1]  his own letters were my materials in his own writing.

Have you seen a mad poem called Gebir? [2] 

God bless you

yrs affectionately

Robert Southey

Monday. Burton.


Notes

* Address: To/ C W Williams Wynn Esqr/ 5 Stone Buildings/ Lincolns Inn/ London
Stamped: CHRIST CHURCH
Postmark: E/ NOV 19/ 99
Endorsement: Nov. 18. 99.
MS: National Library of Wales, MS 4811D
Unpublished. BACK

[1] See Robert Southey to the Editor of the Monthly Magazine, October [1799], Letter 439. BACK

[2] Walter Savage Landor (1775–1864; DNB), Gebir (1798), although the poem was published anonymously. BACK

Published @ RC

August 2011