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)
pg 399459. W. W. to R. P. GILLIES
- MS. Amherst Wordsworth Collection
- Postmark: 23 Sept. 1817.
- MY ii. 591, p. 791.
Friday [Sept.] 19th 18171
My dear Sir,
Your letter of the 15th Instant, I have this moment received on my return from an Excursion of a few days.—I fear this note will arrive too late to be of use—but I write to mention that I quit home on the 22nd or 23d of this month. I shall be absent I fear at least a fortnight. I shall regret this much if it should deprive me of the pleasure of seeing you in this Country. My first visit is to Lord Lonsdale at Lowther, and afterwards I go to a Friend's House a Mr. Marshall who lives upon the Banks of Ulleswater; so that though absent for some time I shall not be far from home—
I have not read Mr. Coleridge's 'Biographia', having contented myself with skimming parts of it; so that you will not be surprized when I tell you that I shall never read a syllable of Mr. Jefferson2 Critique. Indeed I am heartily sick of even the best criticism, of course cannot humor an inclination to turn to the worst—
I have no intention to print any of my little pieces in periodical works, a practice I never had recourse to, except in the case of poems which have a political bearing—Excuse this wretched scrawl written in extreme haste to catch the post—I shall be truly sorry if I hear of your arrival here after my departure.
- Believe me most sincerely yours,
- W. Wordsworth