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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pg 15981. W. W. to RICHARD SHARP

  • Address: Richard Sharp Esqre, Mansion House Square, London.
  • Postmark: 13 Nov.
  • Stamp: Kendal Penny Post.
  • MS. University Library, Davis, California.
  • K(—). LY i. 92.

[In M. W.'s hand]

Rydal Mount Novr 12th [1822]

My dear Sir,

I am much concerned to hear of your indisposition, which I sincerely hope is by this time abated.

Our house has, for these last ten days, been filled with anxiety on account of the illness of my younger Son; he has had a relapse, and we have been much alarmed, but we hope he is something better, though his fever is still very high.

Dorothy is at Stockton upon Tees.1 She will be consulted by letter upon your obliging offer, of which I know she will be duly sensible.

My Sister returned from Scotland a few days since, having been detained three weeks at Edinburgh by the illness of her Companion, Miss Joanna Hutchinson. She would have written to Mr Rogers immediately had she not been prevented by her Nephew's severe sickness. She went from Edinburgh to Stirling by water, thence to Glasgow, chiefly by the Track-boat, thence to Dumbarton and to Rob Roy's Caves, and Tarbet by the Steam Boat. To Inveraray by land, and returned to Glasgow by steam; coming home by Lanark, etc. She has made notes of her tour, which are very amusing, particularly as a contrast to the loneliness of her former mode of travelling.

I was not aware how much I was asking when I requested you to undertake my little concern in the French Funds, or I should not have ventured to make the proposal. I knew indeed that everybody must be averse to incur such a responsibility, but was encouraged to hope that your confidence that, whatever the result proved, I should not complain, but should be content, would do away much of your dislike in my particular case. On carefully referring to your letter I feel myself not justified in expressing the wish that you should act for me.2—At present I have only to say that I should be pg 160willing to stand a few of the depressions of the French Funds, even if considerable, provided I could feel assured that the French Government would honestly abide by its engagements. I am not anxious for profit, by selling in and out; or desirous to have the command of my money: all I look for, for some years to come, is the regular payment of good interest which I now have. Were I to take the money out, I should not know what to do with it. After stating this, as the principal point I look to, and the only one to me of great importance, I may add that I should be perfectly contented to have my Cork-boat tyed to your Seventy-four. If you thought it advisable to sell out, so should I, therefore, should you see reason to change, I have only to beg that you will be so kind as to let me know.

I have not heard from Mr Cookson,1 and therefore do not know whether the document he took is in your hands or his; but I expect to hear from him in a day or two, and no doubt he will [tell]2 me.

With much regret that I should have troubled you thus far, and grateful for your kind attention to my letter, I remain, with Mrs Wordsworth's and my Sister's best Regards

  • my dear Sir                            
  • very faithfully your obliged Friend     
  • [signed] Wm Wordsworth  

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Editor’s Note
1 She had gone on a visit to John Hutchinson with S. H.
Editor’s Note
2 See above, L. 78. Sharp had written on 8 Nov.: 'All funded property, and most especially foreign, varies so much, and so often, in value, that it defies any man's sagacity to form even a reasonable conjecture. For this reason I have uniformly, for many years, even when requested by my partners, and my female relations, intreated to be excused from the painful responsibility of buying or selling without their own orders … . There is no man for whom I would sooner undertake this anxious trust than for yourself, but I always decline the requests of this nature, and I am sure you will on reflection approve my doing so … I shrink even from advising: yet on the whole, I will on this occasion own that my judgment inclines to recommend it to you to dispose of your French funds, should the present prices continue: yet I have and must of course have doubts.' (WL MSS.)
Editor’s Note
1 Strickland Cookson.
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2 Word dropped out.
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