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721. Robert Southey to Charles Watkin Williams Wynn, 30 September [1802] ⁠* 

I found the drawing [1]  on my return from Glamorganshire. it is excellent – & I was disappointed at finding that it was to be sent back again. the The Τςηυς ζςωμςικοcδαμη, [2]  seems in want of M. Garnerins [3]  parachute.

The Cid [4]  goes by this days post according to your direction. I am in treaty for a very small xxxx house in Cwm Neath – eight miles from Neath – in a lovely vale among the mountains. almost the sweetest spot I have ever seen. my next shall be more about it & of the South Wallians. I have now to notice half a table full of letters that have collected during my absence.

The vignette shall xx xxxx have the Ballad annexed. so one day should I like to affix the vignette to the Ballad. but I cannot write black letter. else how pretty a pyramid would it be

A

true

Ballad

Of a Pope [5] 

God bless you

RS.


Thursday 30 Sept.

Notes

* Address: To/ C W Williams Wynn Esqr M.P./ Wynnstay/ Wrexham
Postmark: [partial] 122/ BRISTOL
Endorsement: Sept 30/ 1802
MS: National Library of Wales, MS 4811D
Unpublished. BACK

[1] Probably the sketch by one of Wynn’s sisters, Charlotte (d. 1819), Henrietta (d. 1854), and Frances (d. 1857), mentioned in Southey’s letter to Charles Watkin Williams Wynn of 19 October 1802, see Letter 729. BACK

[2] The Greek is unclear; it can be roughly translated as ‘Trays broomstick oh damn me’. BACK

[3] André-Jacques Garnerin (1769-1823), inventor of the frameless parachute. He carried out his first jump with a silk parachute on 22 October 1797 in Paris. In 1802 he toured England and made a balloon ascent from Lord’s Cricket Ground on 5 July. BACK

[4] Southey was transcribing material relating to Rodrigo Diaz de Bivar (c. 1040-1099), a Castilian aristocrat and military commander, whose exploits were the subject of numerous poems and tales. Southey’s English translation and compilation of three of these was published in 1808 as The Chronicle of the Cid. BACK

[5] ‘A True Ballad of a Pope’, Morning Post, 4 February 1803. BACK

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