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610. Robert Southey to Charles Watkin Williams Wynn, 3 October 1801 ⁠* 

Saturday. Oct. 3. 1801. Keswick

My dear Wynn

Yesterday I reached this place by dinner-hour. from hence, if Rickmans next should summon me, as doubtless it will, I shall post to Whitehaven & embark in a Collier. the passage may be three days, hardly more. to be sick three days in a Colliers cabin is bad – but I know the value of comparison & shall console myself by remembering that Jonah [1]  spent three days in a worse place.

The Liverpool complaint is very generally diffused. here it has been bad – but not fatal. at Bolton very fatal – at Bristol it is raging. the disorder is a flux – frequently bloody. We should have been alarmed had we known that when Elmsley was affected.

Skiddaw has used me ill for preferring Old Snowdon. the rascal as he saw me spit in my face & made water upon me.

yrs truly

R Southey.


* Address: To/ C W Williams Wynn Esqr M. P./ Llangeduin/ Oswestry/ Oswestry
Stamped: KESWICK/ 298
Endorsement: Oct. 3/ 1801
MS: National Library of Wales, MS 4811D
Unpublished. BACK

[1] i.e. three days in the belly of a whale, as recounted in the Book of Jonah. BACK

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