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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220. W. W. to WALTER SCOTT

  • Address: Walter Scot Esqr | Edingborough [enclosed in a parcel sent by Southey.]
  • Endorsed: Wordsworth June 14th 1804.
  • MS. National Library of Scotland. Hitherto unpublished.

Keswick June 14th [1804]

My dear Sir,

Learning from Mr Southey1 that he is making up a parcel for Edingborough addressed to your printer or Publisher,2 I have taken up the pen to remind you of the promise you gave my Sister and me, or rather I ought to say the hope which you held out to us of seeing you in this country. Summer is now come, and I could not forego the present opportunity of repeating my invitation, and assuring you how glad we should both be to see you, as would Mr Southey, as he has often desired me to say to you. Poor Coleridge has been obliged to go to Malta and Sicily for his health, a great loss to us and to this Country. We hope he is arrived at Malta by this time.3 I write in a great hurry and have only time to request you would have the goodness to let me know if we are likely to see you. I would meet you on the borders any place you should appoint, and should exceedingly like to see the Hermitage Castle and Naworth Castle4 along with you. My Sister joins with me in best remembrances to you and Mrs Scott and believe me, my dear Sir, yours with the

  • greatest regard and esteem    
  • W. Wordsworth  

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Editor’s Note
1 W. W. visited Southey at Keswick on 6 June.
Editor’s Note
2 Scott's printer was James Ballantyne (1772–1833). His publisher, Archibald Constable (1774–1827), would bring out The Lay of the Last Minstrel in Jan. 1805.
Editor’s Note
3 He landed on 18 May.
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4 Hermitage Castle, in Roxburghshire, about eighteen miles north-east of Carlisle, and Naworth Castle, in Cumberland, some ten miles east of it. Both figure indirectly in The Lay of the Last Minstrel.
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