833. Robert Southey to Charles Watkin Williams Wynn, [2 September 1803]

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833. Robert Southey to Charles Watkin Williams Wynn, [2 September 1803] ⁠* 

We took a more inland route than I had purposed for the sake of resting a few days half way with Miss Barker – a help the more needful as Edith had a very severe attack of fever before we departed. this leads me unluckily out of the line of Chester.

I will write on our arrival at Keswick. my spirits have received a stunning blow – & tho I can now be chearful God only knows when I shall again be happy.

This song is not mine. I send it because it pleases me very much, tune & all. I am to say that the music is incorrectly written but may easily be made out. I should like to hear Mrs Hughes [1]  sing it. her manner & voice have left so vivid an impression in my mind that I swear I am musical by nature

God bless you.

R S.

Friday. Congreve. Staffordshire

We move tomorrow


* Address: To/ C W Williams Wynn Esqr. M.P./ Wynnstay <Chester>/ Wrexham
Endorsement: Aug. 1803
MS: National Library of Wales, MS 4811D. ALS; 2p.
Dating note: Dated from internal evidence. BACK

[1] Unidentified; probably someone Southey met on his visit to North Wales in autumn 1801. BACK

Published @ RC

August 2011

People mentioned

Barker, Mary (c. 1780–1853) (mentioned 1 time)
Fricker, Edith (1774–1837) (mentioned 1 time)

Places mentioned

Keswick (mentioned 1 time)
Congreve, Staffordshire (mentioned 1 time)