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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583. W. W. to LORD LONSDALE

  • Address: The Earl of Lonsdale, London.
  • Postmark: 29 Apr. 1820.
  • Stamp: Kendal Penny Post.
  • MS. Lonsdale MSS., Record Office, The Castle, Carlisle. Hitherto unpublished.

Rydal Mount [28 or 29 Apr. 1820]

My Lord,

I have delivered your Lordship's message to Mr North, Mr Newton,3 Mr Jackson and Mr Gee. Each is inclined to do his utmost; but I find it impossible to proceed as expeditiously as I could wish.

Mrs Gee says, that Mrs Andrew Green4 forced upon her Sisters printed papers reflecting upon your Lordship's public character; and did her utmost to impress them with injurious notions of the same; and that they had no doubt that these were derived from her husband, as Mrs Green has no connection with these Counties but through him. Mr Gee also says, that he has been told (but does not recollect by whom) that Mr Green had put into circulation a tract or paper to the same purpose.

I should not have thought it worth while to mention this subject pg 592to Dr F1 or to allude to it now, were it not that Mr Green has been recommended as a fit person to act as a Magistrate for Cumberland.

The belief gains ground that Mr Wakefield is offering Leases upon his own life to all who will apply; some say for £10 and some for a trifle more.

Mr Jackson says we shall require a 1000 new Votes; I mention this Estimate merely to shew the prevailing opinion of the extreme activity of our opponents.

Yesterday I was conversing with an intelligent Yeoman, a Friend. 'The right of voting' said he, 'goes far too low'. Our Friends are deeply sensible of this truth.

Yesterday I forwarded to Mr Wilson2 an application from Mr Horrocks3 (Member for Preston) for freeholds, for himself, his Son, and his Partner.

Your Lordship perhaps has already received a Publication of mine.4 The account of the Revd Robert Walker,5 in the Notes to the 1st Poem, will I think interest you; as probably will some parts of the Description of the Lake Country at the end of the vol.

We hear that Mr Parker6 of Browsholm has sold that Place—the last, probably, of his Acres.

  • I have the honor to be                  
  • most faithfully                       
  • your Lordship's friend and Servnt   
  • W Wordsworth                 

The enclosed is this moment received from Mr Wilson—It shews how things are going on. Mr Cookson writes me word that Mr Wakefield is granting freeholds for his life, for ten Pounds—I suppose Leases, otherwise they must be registered and we shall be able to learn the amount.

Will your Lordship allow one of your Servants to put the enclosed into the two penny post offce.

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Editor’s Note
3 Either William Newton of Ambleside or Robert Newton of Grasmere. Both were Lowther supporters.
Editor’s Note
1 William Fell, the Ambleside surgeon.
Editor’s Note
2 Isaac Wilson, the Kendal attorney, or Christopher Wilson of Abbot Hall.
Editor’s Note
3 Samuel Horrocks (d. 1842), cotton manufacturer, and M.P. for Preston, 1807–26. His sister Jane married Thomas Monkhouse.
Editor’s Note
4 The River Duddon, A Series of Sonnets: Vaudracour and Julia: and other Poems. To which is Annexed, A Topographical Description of the Country of the Lakes, in the North of England, 1820. This was the first appearance of the Topographical Description under W. W.'s name. It was published separately two years later as A Description of the Scenery of the Lakes in the North of England …, but it was not till 1835 that it appeared under its final title, A Guide through the District of the Lakes in the North of England, with a Description of the Scenery, etc. for the Use of Tourists and Residents.
Editor’s Note
5 See PW iii, pp. 510ff.
Editor’s Note
6 Probably Isaac Parker of Langdale.
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