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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1349. W. W. to EDWARD MOXON

  • MS. untraced.
  • Esther C. Dunn, 'Notes on Wordsworth', MLN xxxviii (1923), 246–7.

[early Nov. 1839]

Dear Mr. Moxon,—

When you write to Mr. Reed, if you do so soon—pray tell him that I have adopted his substitution of our child for your child and think it a decided improvement.2 Mr. H. C.3 has not come near us for a long time, but Mrs. W. called and delivered your message some days since, when he promised that you should hear from him soon.

You shall have a sheet of correction from me in a day or two.

  • Yours Sincerely,      
  • W. W.    

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Editor’s Note
2 See Vaudracour and Julia, l. 192 (Prel., pp. 358–9). The poem, which originally formed part of the early text of The Prelude, was published separately in 1820 (see MY ii. 562, 592, 594). The date of this letter is established by Moxon's reply to Henry Reed of 7 Nov., quoted by Dunn.
Hartley Coleridge.
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