3253. Robert Southey to Charles Watkin Williams Wynn, 24 February 1819 *
My dear Wynn
You are one of the few persons to whom I must always communicate whatever of good or of evil befalls me in this chequered life. It has pleased God to give me a son. – Whether this be for good or for evil time alone can show, – but one means for rendering it a blessing, is to receive it as such. Few things could have been more unexpected, than that after an interval of six years,  & in the forty fifth we should have another child, the mother, like myself, being in her forty fifth year. And when the expectation began, I looked to this event as a thing rather as one to be prepared for, than to be wished. – Matter of contentment at least, if not as yet of joy, it has become; – & the more so because the mother was in no small danger, & the child had nearly perished in the birth. Twelve hours have elapsed, & all things are going on well, – God be thanked.
God bless you my dear Wynn
yrs most affectionately
Keswick. 24 Feby. 1819.