2176. Robert Southey to Charles Danvers, 7 November 1812 *
Keswick. Nov. 7. 1812.
My dear Danvers
If I had had a son born on the fifth of November, a possibility which I looked on to, his name should have been Danvers, – but I could not have resisted the temptation of prefixing Guy.  And to my great delight Tom looking to a like possibility, hath vowed & sworn that if on that day he should <have> a boy born unto him, Guy shall be his name. I have a girl instead, – & I have found out a good reason for a name for her. Isabel she shall be called, which is good Spanish, good Portugueze, & good Cumberland, – now Isabel abbreviates into Bell, & Dr Bell is destined to be her God father. Lo & behold the admirable fitness of things! Mr Shandy  himself would have been delighted herewith.
I may yet have a nephew Guy, tho disappointed of a son; – but I fear not as this nights post has not brought me any such tidings.
All is going on as well as could be wished
God bless you