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 584576. W. W. to LORD LONSDALE

MS. Lonsdale MSS., Record Office, The Castle, Carlisle. Hitherto unpublished.

  • Rydale Mount
  • 6th Febry 1820

My Lord,

We are overjoyed at the Colonel's determination to come forward again.—A thousand thanks to him and to your Lordship; I speak in the name of all your friends in this neighbourhood; and no doubt our feelings are participated by every Yellow in the County.

Supposing that your Lordship might be called to Town, I have lately addressed you there twice; my second Letter is now happily superseded—but it will show how anxious we were.

I have seen Mr North and Mr Gee since I received the Colonel's Letter this morning. The Freeholders will immediately be waited upon; and every step taken to promote an object in which we are all so deeply interested.

The Colonel's address is as excellent as Mr B's was unfeelingly timed, and incautiously worded.1 But, no doubt, the phrase 'This event' etc., was meant by him not to refer to the King's death but the dissolution of Parliament; it is one of the grossest errors in expression ever committed; and would not have been possible had he shared the feelings natural to a Briton upon such an affecting occasion.

Again my Lord accept my thanks, as an Englishman and as a friend to your Lordship's family for this determination.

  • Ever yours           
  • W Wordsworth   

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Editor’s Note
1 Col. Lowther's Address, dated 1 Feb., drew attention to the ambiguous wording of Brougham's original Address, which appeared to imply that the King's death was 'a subject of sincere congratulation'. See L. 572 above.
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