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Bedford correspondence

Henry Bedford (Admiralty clerk) and his brother G.C.Bedford (Exchequer clerk - OW, and co-author with Southey of The Flagellant). NB References to Wynn tout court probably refer to Charles Watkin Williams-Wynn, very much part of the Southey set, rather than his elder brother, Sir Watkin Williams-Wynn.

Southey correspondence

4 letters from Keswick (17/11/1820, 11/1/1821, 3/4/1824, 5/8/1824 - ), published by Nicholas Horsfall in Notes and Queries (off-print of article in box) - literary gossip, news of his own publications, personal finances, an alleged impropriety of John Wesley, aid sought for a potential student, PE reportedly dead after an illness, remarks on his own ageing, re The Peninsular War the Duke of Wellington will speak but not provide any papers.

Personal Papers of Sir Nicholas Bevan

The personal papers of Sir Nicholas Bevan, a pupil at Westminster School between 1955 and 1960. The papers include documents from his time at the school, such as: reports, a press clipping, a telegraph, an order of prayer, correspondence from the Head Master and his entry for the Latin prose prize. The papers also include copies of The Elizabethan acquired as an Old Westminster.

Bevan, Sir Nicholas

Charles Watkin Williams-Wynn to Peter Elmsley

Yet another daughter has been born - any hope of a son must wait until another year. PE apparently did not attend the execution of one Nicholson (???). Allusion to the elevation of William Howley to be Bishop of London (inadequate to improve the lamentable deficiency of talent on the scared bench - he subsequently became Archbishop of Canterbury!). Brother Henry to marry one of Lord Carrington's daughters - described as sensible and amiable, 'though not handsome. The Carrington family gives him some consolation by showing that it is possible to have nine daughters, and finally a son.

Charles Watkin Williams-Wynn to Peter Elmsley

Unable to think of way to assist PE's application to the Archbishop of Canterbury to be Speaker's Chaplain. CW a candidate for the Speakership. The Oxford parliamentary candidates. His brother having trouble getting his men to volunteer for extended service. A certain Hall has been trying to borrow money from CW with Phillimore as intermediary (who has warned him that he will not succeed) - PE may receive a similar request.

Charles Watkin Williams-Wynn to Peter Elmsley

PE has consulted a female friend about his love affair, who has recommended that he propose via an intermediary. CW (and his wife) strongly disagree, 'though recognising that PE is nervous of losing a pleasant and easy intercourse. His wife still suffering the consequences of her 'misfortune' (miscarriage?). CW's immediate plans (including a fortnight's exercise with his cavalry) preclude organising a visit from PE. Recommends that PE accepts one of the select preacherships at Oxford as well as the Bampton lectureship in order to prove that he has followed the studies of his profession (as well as those horribly pagan and idolatrous ones which are still pursued at Westminster and Eton).

Charles Watkin Williams-Wynn to Peter Elmsley

To PE in Rome. Since PE left his house on 16th May he has received only one letter from Florence, dated 9th November 1816. (Richard?) Heber has asked that PE should search for a long-lost ms. of Porphyry in the Vatican or Laurentian Library. Has returned to Wales early for the Easter holidays, partly to see his wife and children (whom he had left behind through lack of funds - poor rental income), and partly because he cannot bear to support the current inefficient administration (yet he finds the opposition even worse). Reluctantly accepts the revival of the Sedition Bill and the suspension of Habeas Corpus, in view of nationwide riots. Southey in a vituperative public row after the publication of Wat Tyler: A Dramatic Poem. David Hughes, Principal of Jesus College, very soon after his marriage, became melancholy and shot himself. Possible successors - it will probably be Foulkes, no scholar but very worthy and gentlemanlike (he turned out to be the longest-serving principal of the college). Has not seen his brother since his wedding (on 4th February), but will meet him and his bride on the morrow. Phillimore (Joseph) has succeeded Horner as MP for St Mawes. Inflationary pressures across the country - the poor rates in particular are causing land to be left uncultivated. The printing of paper money, without real capital behind it.

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