William Wordsworth

Ernest De Selincourt and Mary Moorman (eds), The Letters of William and Dorothy Wordsworth, Vol. 2: The Middle Years: Part I: 1806–1811 (Second Revised Edition)

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128. W. W. to THOMAS DE QUINCEY

  • MS. Miss Maud Craig.
  • MY i. 347, p. 245.

  • Monday Morn. [probably late Oct. 1808]

My dear Friend,

Your Letter has lain a week at the post office—we having been too busy to send over. I write merely to say, we shall be very happy to see you; though unfortunately our house is so full we cannot accomodate you with a bed. Coleridge is with us.2

  • very affectionately    
  • yours       
  • W. Wordsworth.     

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Editor’s Note
2 De Quincey lived at Allan Bank with the Wordsworths from Nov. 1808 to Feb. 1809, while Wordsworth, assisted by Coleridge, was writing his political pamphlet on the Convention of Cintra. It was De Quincey who saw it through the press in London in the spring of 1809. See J. E. Jordan, De Quincey to Wordsworth, A Biography of a Relationship (1962), ch. ii, pp. 47–202 and below, L. 140 ff.
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