Dorothy Wordsworth

Ernest De Selincourt and Chester L. Shaver (eds), The Letters of William and Dorothy Wordsworth, Vol. 1: The Early Years: 1787–1805 (Second Revised Edition)

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107. D. W. to ?

  • M(—), i. 134. L(—), i. 119. EL(—), 202.

[Goslar, c. 3 Feb. 1799]1

Coleridge is very happily situated at Ratzeburg for learning the language … We are not fortunately situated here with respect to the attainment of our main object, a knowledge of the language. We have, indeed, gone on improving in that respect, but not so expeditiously as we might have done: for there is no society at Goslar, it is a lifeless town; and it seems that here in Germany a man travelling alone may do very well, but, if his wife or sister goes with him, he must give entertainments. So we content ourselves with talking to the people of the house, &c., and reading German … . We have plenty of dry walks; but Goslar is very cold in winter … . William is very industrious: his mind is always active; indeed, too much so; he overwearies himself, and suffers from pain and weakness in the side.

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Editor’s Note
1 This letter, printed in EL as the second paragraph of Letter 102, was no doubt a separate and later communication. Because the sentiments, and at times the phraseology, are similar to those of Letter 106, it was probably written about the same date.
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