William Wordsworth, Dorothy Wordsworth

The Letters of William and Dorothy Wordsworth, Vol. 5: The Later Years: Part II: 1829–1834 (Second Revised Edition)

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665. W. W. to JOHN GARDNER

  • Address: John Gardner Esq. 16 Foley Place.
  • MS. Pierpont Morgan Library.
  • LY ii. 596.

[In M. W.'s hand]

Rydal Mount Janry 4th [1832]2

My dear Sir,

Having reason to expect other letters upon the same subject,3 and especially one from a valued Friend of mine, a Physician in pg 472Town1—who I hope will find leisure to confer with you; I delayed to answer your friendly letter as soon as it deserved. For the attention you have paid to my wishes I feel truly obliged.

Is the premium a compensation in the case of an apprentice for board and lodging? I suppose it is, and if so the expence is not more than would be met without difficulty. As to the question of an open Shop, I am incompetent to judge, but I agree with my Friend in thinking that hard work and what he calls blind labour, may be attended with advantages which are apt to be underrated. At the same time I should have no satisfaction in thinking my nephew should be engaged in that Profession, unless his mind were likely to be cultivated, and he were led, and taught by example, to regard the practice of medicine as an intellectual pursuit.

I should greatly prefer his being placed in the Family of a married Man for the sake of his manners, and the kindly influence of some portion of domestic female society. Nevertheless this might be waived in favour of his being placed, were that possible, with some younger unmarried Person, who as being single, might be likely to take more interest in him as a friend and companion.

My nephew2 is 17 years of age, I think has good dispositions, fair talents and a strong desire to improve himself—and likely to take a lively interest in his profession, which is entirely his own choice—but he is shy and awkward in his manners, tho' tall and well looking. He is not a good Scholar, but I cannot think justice has been done him at School. And I trust as he is fond of miscellaneous reading, that hereafter he will do justice to himself by proper application.

You will let me hear from you again as soon as you have leisure, and any thing further to communicate. Give my kind regards to Mr Boxall and believe me very sincerely your much obliged

[signed] Wm Wordsworth

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Editor’s Note
2 1831 written by mistake.
Editor’s Note
1 Dr. John Calvert.
Editor’s Note
2 R. W.'s son John.
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