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 7261344. W. W. to JOHN PEACE

MS. WL transcript (—). Hitherto unpublished.

19 Sept. 1839

My dear Mr Peace,

Do not think ill of me because my letters are always written to request favours or to thank you for them. The cover for this note is from Mr Milnes,1 as you will see, who having expressed to me a strong wish to procure Mr Gilbert's2 Poem of the Hurricane 'Published in the year 1796. Printed and Sold for the author by R. Edwards, Sold also by Martin and Bain, and by B. Crosby, London, Eddowes, Salop; and Haywood and Barratt, Bath.' it immediately struck me that you might perhaps be able to fall in with the Book. Mr Cottle will perfectly remember both the Author and the Publication, and you I think must assuredly have heard of him: he was a Barrister and had practised in the West Indies, and lived some time at Bristol, between the year -95 and -98, at which time I often conversed with him, and admired his genius though he was in fact insane. If you should light upon the Book, you would oblige me by directing it to R. M. Milnes Esqre under cover to Mr Moxon, 44 Dover Street London. With Mr Milnes yesterday I talked about Mr Wade's Portrait of Coleridge,3 he is of opinion, in which I entirely concur, though with regret on your account, that the Fitzwilliam Museum4 Cambridge, would be the most proper place for the reception of this valuable Picture. Pray mention this, with my kind regards, to the owner, he will probably be aware that they are erecting at Cambridge, a superb Museum for the fine collection of Pictures, Prints, etc etc left them by Earl Fitzwilliam. I know that the pg 727Heads of the University would be glad to receive any valuable addition, as such a Portrait of so eminent a man would be….

  • your faithful friend,       
  • Wm Wordsworth   

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Editor’s Note
1 Richard Monckton Milnes, who called at Rydal Mount this month (RMVB).
Editor’s Note
2 For William Gilbert (?1760–?1825), see Cottle, i. 62–9, and PW v. 422–3.
Editor’s Note
4 Richard, Viscount Fitzwilliam (1745–1816) bequeathed to the University of Cambridge his pictures and books and his South Sea Stock, the income from which was to be used for the building of a museum to house his collections. A site in Trumpington Street was acquired in 1821, and an open competition for the design was won by George Basevi, but the building was still uncompleted on his death in 1845, and was not ready to receive the pictures until three years later.
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