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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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 [1806]

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

W Wordsworth

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Editor’s Note
1 De Quincey made an attempt to visit Wordsworth at Grasmere in 1806 but his courage failed him. He eventually arrived, with Mrs. Coleridge, in Nov. 1807. See his Recollections of the Lake Poets.
Editor’s Note
2 Written first 'out'.
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