William Wordsworth, Dorothy Wordsworth

The Letters of William and Dorothy Wordsworth, Vol. 6: The Later Years: Part III: 1835–1839 (Second Revised Edition)

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pg 3731126. W. W. to D. W.

  • MS. WL.
  • LY ii. 836.

Friday afternoon [17 Mar. 1837]

My dear and very dear Sister,

Here I am waiting on the Dentist and have snatched a moment to tell you, that I am worn out with hurry.—You will be surprized but I hope not grieved to hear that I am starting for a trip upon the Continent with Mr Robinson. Our passports are procured, our carriage bought and we shall embark at the Tower Stairs on Sunday morning for Calais. How I wish you could have gone with us; but I shall think of you every where, and often shall we talk of you. I have seen the Marshalls, who made a thousand enquiries after you,—Mrs and Sara Coleridge who did the same. It is a week today since I arrived here and I long to be gone for I am fairly worn off my feet with flying from one part of the town to the other, and so many things to do. We shall write from abroad at length, and I hope you will be amused. Tell dear Joanna1 that I have just got her letter to Mary giving an account of her proceedings—

I should have written to you before, but I had not a moment's time when I forwarded Mary's and Dora's Letter, which told you about every thing.

Farewell my dearest Sister and farewell my dear Joanna, and kindest remembrances to all the household James, Anne, Jane and Dorothy;2 and mind that you all take care of yourselves and of each other.

  • Your most affectionate Brother             
  • W. Wordsworth    

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Editor’s Note
1 Joanna Hutchinson, who was looking after D. W. while M. W. was away at Brinsop.
Editor’s Note
2 i.e. James Dixon, the gardener, and the three housemaids. An additional maid had been taken on some time before this to look after D. W.
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