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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247. W. W. to C. W.

  • Address: Revd. C. Wordsworth | Oby2 | near Acle | Norfolk
  • Stamp: Keswick.
  • MS. WL. EL, 449.

  • [Grasmere] Wednesday noon
  • [13 Feb. 1805]3

My dear Christopher,

We are anxious to know how you and your Wife support the calamity with which it has pleased God to visit us. The lamentable tidings reached us on Monday last at 2 o'clock in the afternoon. My Wife had seen much very much of John and loved him as a Brother, as to poor Dorothy I need not speak of her. We have done all that could be done to console each other by weeping together. I trust we shall with the blessing of God grow calmer every day. I cannot say any thing at present more favourable than that we are all free from bodily illness, and do our best to support ourselves. I was useful to Dorothy and Mary during the first 12 hours which were dreadful, at present I weep with them and attempt little more. Hereafter I hope we shall all shew a proper fortitude. With most pg 544affectionate remembrances to you and our Sister, from Dorothy and Mary I remain your

  • Brother and Friend      
  • W. Wordsworth   

Do write immediately.

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Editor’s Note
2 At the time in 1804 when C. W. became Rector of Ashby, Norfolk, he was also presented to the living of Oby-cum-Thurne in the Norfolk Broads. Acle is eleven miles east of Norwich.
Editor’s Note
3 The date is inferred from W. W.'s saying that news of J. W.'s death had come 'on Monday last'.
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