1608. Robert Southey to Charles Watkin Williams Wynn, 27 March 1809 *
My dear Wynn
This morning I had another daughter born & God be thanked, all is going on as well as could be wished.
Is there any thing to be got at the Exchequer for four children, or did that Rehoboam  of Taxation Lord Henry Petty  do away all deductions upon that score? I was sorry when that Ex-Minister came & addressed me so with so much good nature at Lord Hollands last year – inasmuch as there is enough left in me of the old leaven to make me think with great complacency of any vengeance that may one day fall upon him for the wicked & oppressive manner in which he laid on the income tax.
God bless you
March 27. 1809
 In the Bible, Rehoboam was a 10th-century BC King of Israel, whose citizens rebelled against him due to the heavy taxations he imposed on them. See 1 Kings 12 and 14:21–31, and 2 Chronicles 10–12. BACK