William 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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pg 259113. W. W. to JOSEPH COTTLE

  • Address: Mr Cottle | Bookseller | Wine Street | Bristol
  • Stamp: Darlington.
  • MS. Victoria and Albert Mus. ER(—), ii. 24. R(—), 194. M(—), i. 145. P(—), iii. 237. L, iii. 361. EL, 224.

  • My address at Mr Hutchinson's,
  • Sockburn near Northallerton,
  • Yorkshire,
  • [c. 20 May 1799]1

My dear Cottle,

The day before I left England I wrote to you to request that you would transfer your right to the Lyrical Ballads to Mr. Johnson, on account of its being likely to be very advantageous to me: desiring you to draw for the money [for] which I was indebted to you, upon my brother in London. I had not time to receive your answer so I do not know how the poems have been disposed of.2 Pray let me hear from you immediately. By means of Coleridge we have heard of you, that you are well, &c. We are now in the County of Durham, just upon the borders of Yorkshire. We have spent our time pleasantly enough in Germany, but we are right glad to find ourselves in England, for we have learnt to know its value.3

We left Coleridge well at Gottingen a month ago. Dorothy joins me in kind remembrances to your Mother &c and love to you.

  • I am yours sincerely,    
  • W. Wordsworth.  

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Editor’s Note
1 As W. W. states here that he left S. T. C. at Göttingen a month earlier and as S. T. C. noted on 23 Apr. that W. W. had passed through Göttingen two or three days before, this letter was written about 20 May.
Editor’s Note
3 An anticipation (or an echo) of a sentiment expressed in the first stanza of his I travelled among unknown men.
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