William Wordsworth

Ernest De Selincourt, Alan G. Hill, and Mary Moorman (eds), The Letters of William and Dorothy Wordsworth, Vol. 3: The Middle Years: Part II: 1812–1820 (Second Revised Edition)

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pg 250372. W. W. to B. R. HAYDON

  • Address: B. R. Haydon Esqre, Great Marlbro' St., London.
  • MS. untraced
  • MY ii. 533, p. 681.

Rydale Mount Octbr 8th 1815

My dear Sir,

This Letter will be presented to you by Mr Monkhouse,1 a respected Friend of mine, and a near Relation of Mrs Wordsworth, whom I have begged to charge himself with the delivery of it that the enclosed Pencil-case may safely reach your Hands.—The one which you kindly received from me in return for that I possess from you, was so small as not [to] be likely to be any use [to] you nor had it been so long in my possession nor of so much service to me as the present, which I hope that you will preserve for my sake.

Many thanks for your obliging letter; the one for Sir George I forwarded to him at Mulgrave Castle, where he has, no doubt received it, some time since. I am glad that you liked the Profile;2 Sir George and Lady B—Mrs W—and my Sister thought that it resembled me much: but Mrs W—is sure that the upper part of the forehead does not project as much as mine.

I was greatly concerned to hear that your eyes had failed you—To a Painter this is more lamentable than to any one else. It would give me much pleasure to hear that you are better.

Mr Monkhouse would be much gratified by a sight of your great Picture, or anything that you [rest of letter missing].

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Editor’s Note
1 Tom Monkhouse, M. W.'s first cousin. He was present at the Christmas party at Haydon's on 28 Dec. 1817 at which Keats, Lamb, and W. W. were all present.
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