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 6771304. W. W. to THOMAS NOON TALFOURD

  • Address: Mr Sergeant Talfourd M.P., Russell Square, London [In M. W.'s hand]
  • Postmark: (1) 9 Apr. 1839 (2) 10 Apr. 1839.
  • Stamp: Bath.
  • MS. Cornell. Hitherto unpublished.

  • 8th April [1839]
  • My address post off.

My dear Sergeant Talfourd,

Thanks for your Letter, which was duly received; and I now write to you on the day when the question is to be decided.1 Be assured that whatever comes of the Motion, I shall retain and cherish the same feelings of gratitude towards you for the noble perseverance which you have shewn on the occasion; and the admirable talent with which you have conducted the whole case it will ever be a delight to me to think of.

Judge of my mortification upon finding last Wednesday afternoon at Gloucester that the Assizes were then holding. I was not aware of the fact till having changed Horses, we were driving on through the street towards Rothborough.2 It would have given me so much pleasure to have had even a peep at you in Court, though we might not have been able to exchange a Word.

In answer to your most kind invitation of which Mrs W. is as duly sensible as myself, I have to say that circumstances, it is to be feared, will not allow us to profit by it as much as we could wish. We shall not be able we apprehend to reach London before the second week in May. Our stay in Bath which we are told must be little less than a month if we would benefit from the Baths and Waters leaves us but little time for London. Be it however less or more I look forward with the greatest pleasure to spending two or three days under your roof; Mrs Wordsworth is not so much at liberty, having engagements to fulfil of long standing, some of which she will be obliged to give up though to very old Friends. She is however not the less obliged to Mrs Talfourd and yourself for thinking of her in this friendly way. I will take care as you request to let you know as pg 678soon as our plans are settled so that in receiving me neither Mrs Talfourd nor you may be put to inconvenience. At present I cannot speak more positively as our Movements are partly dependant upon our Friend and Companion in whose carriage we are travelling.1 I like Bath very well, were it not for the bitter east Winds, far more severe than we have them at Rydal; the Mountains shelter us from them. I am quite well in health, so, God be thanked is Mrs Wordsworth. Mr Robinson has kindly sent us the Examiner on account of a Spirited Article it contains upon the Copyright. Carlyle's petition is like all he does and is, quite racy. Hartley Coleridge sent me a petition of his own on behalf of his father, which I hope you have received.

I have left only this awkward place to say how affectionately and faithfully I am your

  • much obliged friend            
  • Wm Wordsworth    

[M. W. adds]

Mrs W. will thank Sergeant Talfourd to direct and forward the enclosed at his perfect convenience

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Editor’s Note
1 Further progress on the Copyright Bill was in fact delayed through lack of a quorum of members when it came up in the House for discussion, and the Committee stage was not opened until 1 May.
Editor’s Note
2 W. W. probably means Rodborough, nr. Stroud.
Editor’s Note
1 i.e. I. F.
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