Dorothy 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 604589. D. W. to THOMAS MONKHOUSE

  • Address: Thomas Monkhouse Esqre., 28 Queen Anne Street, Cavendish Square.
  • Postmark: 16 May 1820.
  • MS. WL.
  • MY ii. 639, p. 874.

  • Lambeth Tuesday ½ past 12 o'clock
  • [16 May 1820]

My dear Friend,

I know you have been engaged, or I should have seen you this morning—I now write to tell you how I go on that we may not miss each other when you can come. I was yesterday at Kensington with Willy. We set off at ½ past 7 and walked all the way, very delightful in the parks and Gardens.—W. spent a happy day with the little Girls, running about continually and was just as much of a Baby as the very youngest; but I was well pleased to see that he has got rid of all the disagreeable part of babyism—he was neither restless nor troublesome; but all joy and happiness. Mr L.,1 who is quite well, walked with us into Oxford St, and we took a coach there to Greys Inn Lane. W. expressed a strong and natural wish to come home with me last night to sleep; but much against my own inclination I refused, thinking it better that he should begin the morning at school and he did not murmur—but when we got to the door of Mr J's house he said 'You'll go in to see Mr Johnson' and the tears could no longer be kept in. He sobbed aloud; but though my very heart was melted I checked his grief and we parted chearfully. He is to come on Friday afternoon, as Mr Johnson is going out—I was sadly tired when I reached home at ½ past 8, having lost my way in Lambeth and walked fruitlessly at least two miles.

My Brother2 is worse again—which grieves me very much. I have had a note this morning from Mrs Clarkson, asking me to go to her this morning. The rain prevents me, and I am not sorry for this, as I wish only to have a short walk today having had so much fatigue yesterday. I have proposed to her to come tomorrow; but I shall be at liberty till one o'clock so if you can come tomorrow morning we might see something together or if you can come at any time in the course of the day you will find me at home—unless Mrs Clarkson should rather chuse me to go to her, which I have said if she cannot come hither, I will—but that I prefer her coming. If she is engaged tomorrow I have given her the offer of Thursday, but in that case also, I shall be at liberty till one o'clock, for she will not be here before. I wish I had got my teeth, and I would have gone to the pg 605Central School examination tomorrow. Perhaps you will be there? Mrs Hoare will. I hope to have the teeth on Thursday—but perhaps even then they may not be useable. Pray write and tell me what you are doing and fix as early a morning as you can—for us to walk about together. Remember Miss Lamb's invitation for Thursday evening. I shall call on her on Thursday morning after breakfast so perhaps you may meet me there but I think you said you were engaged on that day. But do write and tell me your engagements upon paper—then I can guess when to expect you. I am sure I feel as if I were a great plague to you—but without seeing you now and then I find such a want of you as I can hardly give you a notion of.

Two letters of corrections from Rydal! but no proofs yet from Longman—I am going to sit down to hard work at correcting the printed copy to print from. They will not set off till Whitmonday—so they will be a week later.

When is it that you can join us at Paris? William says he had understood that if we set off about the 5th July you could join us in ten days—I hope you may be able to set off before the end of the month; and I cannot see how we can do better than spend the three weeks at Paris.

There is no need to fix about Lodgings for Wm and M. as they can certainly be here the first fortnight. If Mr. Lloyd comes he will be gone again when they arrive.

  • God bless you!          
  • Believe me ever, my dear Friend,      
  • yours affectionately    
  • D. Wordsworth.  

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Editor’s Note
1 Presumably Charles Lloyd.
Editor’s Note
2 i.e. C. W.
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