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)
572. W. W. to LORD LONSDALE
- MS. Lonsdale MSS., Record Office, The Castle, Carlisle. Hitherto unpublished.
Feb 2nd 1820
I sincerely condole with your Lordship, on the lamented death of our most gracious and venerable Sovereign.2 We were prepared for the shock, having heard previously that the King was not expected to live three days. Your Lordship will feel much on this occasion; the best consolation of us all, lies in the reflection that George the Third will be ranked by posterity among the best and wisest Kings that ever sate upon the throne of England.
The same Paper, the Times, which has brought us this Intelligence, has agitated my Family and myself much by containing, in pg 580a most conspicuous part of it, an advertisement declaratory of Mr Brougham's intention once more to disturb the County of Westnd.1 It may not appear so to the world, but to us it appears a shocking indecency—we have felt it such—not to leave the people of Westnd one moment of undisturbed regret upon this awful occasion!
My Lord, can any of your Friends be of service to frustrate this coarse-minded Man's attempts? I speak especially in the name of Mr Gee, Mr Jackson and myself—but I have no doubt that every one will do their utmost, should this prove more than a threat as empty as it is indecent!
Sincere thanks for your Lordship's kind offer in respect to the command of the Lowther Castle.2
Lady Lonsdale and Lady Mary will accept of my sincere respects.
- I have the honor to be
- my Lord
- most faithfully your Lordship's
- friend and Sernt
- Wm Wordsworth
Mr James Brougham was staying some few weeks since in this neighbourhood, and had interviews with the principal persons of that party;—but with what views I do not know.
I have sent a short paragraph to the Kendal paper, upon Mr B's Advertisement.3