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)
pg 2615. W. W. to THOMAS DE QUINCEY
- Address: Thos. de Quincey, Esqre, Worcester College, Oxford.
- MS. Miss Maud Craig.
- MY i. 251, p. 22.
- Sir George Beaumont's Grosvenor
- Square Monday May 5th 
My dear Sir,
I take the first opportunity to inform you that I have received your Letter which has been forwarded to me from Grasmere. Be assured that I have read it with the deepest interest, and with sorrow that you should have suffered so much. I will not speak of this now; only let me say that I never felt for a moment the least diminution of kindness towards you.—When you spoke of your health being reestablished I felt a great weight taken from my mind: be careful of yourself—but to the point: could you defer your journey a fortnight or three weeks: I shall be detained here more than ten days and also a little time upon the Road: but I cannot bear the thought that you should be in the North and I not see you.1 If it be not2 of your Power to defer your journey do not fail on any account to call at my Cottage: but if you can, do defer your journey. In the meanwhile if you be not already set off, write to me here, and wheresoever you may be write to me; if your Letter could reach Grosvenor Square within ten days of the date of this write to me here: if not at Grasmere.
Excuse extreme haste, and believe me your sincere and affectionate Friend