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The Collected Letters of Robert Southey Part 3

1262. Robert Southey to Charles Watkin Williams Wynn, 18 January 1807 ⁠* 

My dear Wynn

I shall congratulate, & not console you, tho you certainly seem by your mode of announcing the sex to be fully sensible that the Masculine Gender is worth more worthy than the feminine. [1]  Girls are best till they become women – because you do not lose them till they you lose them altogether – then I confess that however desirable it is that they should be married, it must be painful to see a child transplanted from her fathers house to a husbands. The next must be a boy, & then there will be a great fitness in having an elder for him. I am heartily rejoiced that all is well, & heartily give you joy. The birth of a first child opens a mine in the human heart of what is more precious than gold.

God bless you

Jany 18. 1807


* Address: To/ C W Williams Wynn Esqr M. P./ Whitehall/ London/ Private
Stamped: KESWICK/ 298
Postmark: FREE/ JAN 21/ 1807
MS: National Library of Wales, MS 4812D
Unpublished. BACK

[1] Wynn’s wife, Mary, had given birth to a daughter, Charlotte Williams-Wynn (1807–1869; DNB). BACK

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