851. Robert Southey to Charles Watkin Williams Wynn, 11 November  *
From your long silence I was beginning to be apprehensive that you might be ill. I now write under an apprehension of a different nature – lest you should have sent me a draft which has miscarried – as in the Falmouth case. the last you gave me was in London, & my finances are now drained.
Thank you for the extracts. I have not the books you refer to at hand, & must leave the finish of the Welsh part  till to be compleated somewhere else whenever the poem be printed – an event to which I now look on as my first ononymous labour. It gives me an awful kind of feeling – for it is now fifteen years since I first took up the subject – & almost as long since you first heard of it. so many hours have been devoted to it – it has occupied so many of my thoughts & feelings – & when it is once gone forth I shall feel as if my harvest was got in & the winter hard at hand.
I do not leave this place this winter as you seem to imagine. indeed if my health stands the spring I know not where better to pitch my tent for this is a lovely country. Some six months hence I must perhaps move to see Madoc thro the press – & in that case shall prefer Edinburgh to London, being nearer, & because I have never seen it – & my brother Harry will be there. My plan is to print the book myself & get subscriptions – that is names, not publishing this intention, till I have first felt whether or not it be likely to succeed. the price shall be a guinea – it shall be printed in quarto if that price will allow it – if not in a smaller size. I am puzzled for a device for your arms – if you were CWWW of Mathrafal  – one might have a view of the place & hang the shield from an old oak.
God bless you.
Friday Nov. 11. Keswick.
I have Bayleys Poems to review. if my gentleman had been aware of this he would not have struck the first blow. he quotes heathen Greek upon me & I will have my revenge in plain English. 
I have found a name for our present government in Milton.  – a Duncery. does it not suit admirably?
 Peter Bayley (1778-1823; DNB), Poems (1803). The first poem in the collection, ‘An Apology for Writing’, lines 46-55 and Note, attacked Southey’s Joan of Arc (1796) and (1798), deploying a quotation in Greek from Plato. Southey contributed a coruscating review of the book to the Annual Review for 1803, 2 (1804), 546-552. BACK