856. Robert Southey to Charles Watkin Williams Wynn, 24 November  *
Thursday. 24 Nov.
I have received yours with its contents this evening.
Last night I finished my Bardsey book  & very much to my own satisfaction. with local & particularizing scenery of course nothing could be done – for I have not been able to find any account whatever of the Island. I have pourd out a fine description of a fine autumn day with shore-objects, & made good use of my catholic knowledge in a service for the dead. thereto Llewelyn  is introduced in a coracle. My mountaineering recollections are to come in the next book. some images I learnt by Llanberris – the best is one which came to me at Wynnstay – there where the Dee has some outlandish name – there where we saw the French Duke  drawing – after all the objects of sight I shall turn to those of sound, which always affect me very much – & having dwelt on them – add – a blind man would have loved that lovely spot.  – Your Dee certes is a most lovely river between Llangollen & Corwen – there where it rolls over amber colourd rocks but the finest river scenery we saw in Wales was before Llanrwst – in that wild valley – where the river so often rested in dark dead pools – what the Spaniards call the remansos  of the river. Oh I could show you such a mountain river here in our Greeta – the loud-lamenter which is the plain English of its Norse name! (by the bye gritar is the Portugueze word to lament aloud) & such a famous bridge over which Peter Elmsley could no more pace with his load of flesh & blood, than the heaviest laden sinner can get over the razor edged bridge leading to Paradise over Hell. 
God bless you.
* Address: To/ C W Williams Wynn Esq. M.P./ Wynnstay/ Wrexham
Stamped: KESWICK/ 298
Endorsement: Nov. 24/ 1803
MS: National Library of Wales, MS 4811D
Previously published: John Wood Warter (ed.), Selections from the Letters of Robert Southey, 4 vols (London, 1856), I, pp. 247-248. BACK