1264. Robert Southey to Charles Watkin Williams Wynn, 23 January 1807 *
Your frank ought to have contained some news of your daughter – but I conclude that all is going on well –What is her name? 
I have an influenza upon me – which however I hope is going off. Our weather is very uncommon & very unwholesome. Not a flake of snow has fallen in the valley this whole winter till Wednesday last, it then just enough to swear by which thawed as it fell – the grass has continued to grow – the cattle have not <yet> been housed nor fed with hay <foddered>, The primroses and polyanthuses are in a sort of abortive blossom & at Christmas the daffodils were as forward as they usually are at the end of February. The saying of this country is that an open Xmas makes a fat Churchyard, & in fact contagious fevers are rife in the neighbourhood. – Yesterday I was laid up & have only been able to take my pen this evening – If it had not been for this delay Espriella  would have been finished within the month – There are not above four or at most five letters to write. You will see much curious matter in what is to come – but my limits have been too narrow (for me that is not perhaps for the publick ) & I have not half emptied myself.
God bless you
Friday 23 Jany 1807