William Wordsworth

Ernest De Selincourt and Alan G. Hill (eds), The Letters of William and Dorothy Wordsworth, Vol. 4: The Later Years: Part I: 1821–1828 (Second Revised Edition)

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301. W. W. to DORA W.

  • Address: Miss Wordsworth, Brinsop Court, Hereford.
  • Franked: Penrith twenty seventh October 1827 Lonsdale.
  • MS. WL.
  • LY i. 276.

  • [Lowther Castle]
  • Friday afternoon [26 Oct. 1827]

My dearest Dora,

Never was this House so poor in franks. I have I know not how many Letters to forward to your Mother and to you—and I know pg 548not how to ask Lord Lonsdale. I promised you a letter and meant to write at length but have been deterred, partly by the little prospect of a frank and partly by engagement, as the mornings I have been here have been spent with Dr Satterthwaite and the after luncheons in going out with parties. We left Rydal on Wednesday morning—Aunt Wordsworth accompanying us two thirds up Kirkstone, but we did not get to Penrith till six in the evening, the roads were so bad and heavy. Ulswater was beautiful. Poor Aunt S. had a bad headache, and we have just seen her off from Ulswater on her way. I never had so tiresome a journey in my life. I found here Mr and Miss Senhouse1 and Miss Wood,2 and the two Misses Hasell,3 and your old partner O'Callaghan4.—Observe, dearest Dora, I do not call this a Letter, if possible I will write tomorrow—if not I will write from home whither I hope to return on [?]day, and my present intention, tell your dear Mother, is to leave Ambleside Monday week for Coleorton,—if I go by Liverpool I should be there on Wednesday Evening, if by Nottingham not till Thursday Morning, so that your dear Mother will be there on Wednesday Evening if possible. I know not what has been written to you so that when I sit down to write I shall scarcely know what topics to select. Do tell your Mother I have paid Dr Harrison's Bill. Mrs Ellwood expects me at Penrith to-morrow but I fear I must return without seeing her. How sorry I shall be to be so near you in Leicestershire and have to set my face Northward without seeing you, and part with your Mother into the bargain. I am quite sad about it. I have strange clouds hanging over me. Do take care to get well that nothing of this sort may occur again. Poor Mr Gee!5 I was sadly shocked at his death. Farewell again and again. Love to your dear Mother and your Aunts etc.

W. W.

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Editor’s Note
1 Elizabeth (1805–90), Humphrey Senhouse's eldest daughter, through whom the family property descended on the death of his only son in 1834.
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2 Humphrey Senhouse's aunt, and a member of the Senhouse-Southey-Calvert circle.
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3 The sisters of Edward W. Hasell of Dalemain (see MY ii. 537).
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4 George O'Callaghan. See L. 115 above.
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5 Capt. Gee had died on 13 Oct. at Wraxall, Somerset, of which county he had been Deputy Lieutenant.
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