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The Collected Letters of Robert Southey Part 3

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 [1]  of Taxation Lord Henry Petty [2]  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

RS

March 27. 1809


Notes

* Address: To/ C W Williams Wynn Esqr M P./ London
Stamped: KESWICK/ 298
Postmark: FREE/ 30 MA 30/ 1809
MS: National Library of Wales, MS 4812D
Unpublished. BACK

[1] 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

[2] Henry Petty-Fitzmaurice, 3rd Marquess of Lansdowne (1780–1863; DNB), Whig politician who, as Chancellor of the Exchequer (between February 1806 and March 1807), raised property tax by 50 per cent and pursued a policy of economy in public expenditure. BACK

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