3253. Robert Southey to Charles Watkin Williams Wynn, 24 February 1819
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.
It will be a great satisfaction to me if you & Grosvenor, who are my two oldest friends, will stand in the same relation to this boy, that you did to his brother. 
God bless you my dear Wynn
yrs most affectionately
Keswick. 24 Feby. 1819.
* Address: To/ C W Williams Wynn
Esqre M.P/ Whitehall/ London
Postmark: [partial] FREE/ 1819
MS: National Library of Wales, MS 4813D. ALS; 2p.