1315. Robert Southey to Charles Watkin Williams Wynn, [April-May 1807] *
My dear Wynn
A long contested law suit in chancery concerning Cannon Southeys will  has been decided against Ld Somerville  in my Uncle T Southeys favour – it gives him the old furniture & plate of Fitzhead House, – & a few acres held only by one life. But my Aunt writes to me secretly to say that Lord S. is selling the lands which came to him from Cannon Southey, – & that this he cannot do, unless, John S. joined him in cutting off the entail, – without my acquiescence, – his remainder vesting in me. Is it think you worth while for me to obtain a copy of the will? – I remember you once told me – from having heard something of one of the many trials which it had occasioned that my claim was good for nothing, – which I am very much disposed to believe, & not to make any enquiry about it – As for his selling the estate I may be sure that nobody will buy it if the conveyance be not good.
In this which is decided Thomas S. suceeds as heir to his brother by <his> will – for otherwise the right was mine by the words of the will – for of this clause I have an extract. –
I have written for all my books – & am waiting eagerly for fine weather that the plaisterers may do their work & make ready for the carpenter. My study (if you recollect it not a small room) will I think be compleatly filled – & perhaps overflow.
God bless you
* MS: National Library of Wales, MS 4813D (undated letters). ALS; 2p.
Dating note: Dating is based on internal evidence of Southey’s books being sent for and his study being made ready in other letters of this period. BACK
 Cannon Southey (dates unknown), the son of John Southey and the heiress Mary Cannon. The Lord Chancellor, Thomas Erskine, 1st Baron Erskine (1750–1823; DNB), had provided the judgement in the Court of Chancery, on 28 March 1807, in the case of Southey v. Lord Somerville. This was one of the many court cases, concerning the disposal of property at Fitzhead in Somerset, which arose from the fantastically complex will of Southey’s distant relative, Cannon Southey (d. 1768). BACK
 Richard Colley Wellesley, 1st Marquess Wellesley (1760–1842; DNB): Anglo-Irish politician and bellicose Governor-General of the British colonies in India between 1798 and 1805. Wellesley did not become head of the new ministry, and declined a cabinet position while his conduct as Governor-General was under investigation. BACK