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 106935. W. W. to CORNELIUS NICHOLSON1

MS. Kendal Public Library. Hitherto unpublished.

[In M. W.'s hand]

Rydal Mount Octr 7th, 1835


Having received this morning your letter; enclosing the Rules and Regulations of the Kendal Natural History, and Scientific Society,2 with an intimation of my having been elected an Honorary Member thereof; I take leave to request that you would communicate to the Society my sense of the honor conferred upon me, and likewise my warmest wishes for the extension and success of an Institution, the objects of which are so interesting and important.

  • I am Sir your obedient St          
  • [signed] Wm Wordsworth   

To the Secretary of the 'Kendal Nat. Hisry and Scientific Society'.

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Editor’s Note
1 Cornelius Nicholson (1804–89), son of the postmaster at Ambleside, was apprenticed to Richard Lough, proprietor of the Kendal Chronicle, and from 1825 began his publishing and bookselling business in Kendal in partnership with John Hudson. The first edition of his Annals of Kendal appeared in 1832 (2nd edn. enlarged, 1861). In 1833 he married Mary (d. 1877), daughter of the Revd. John Hudson, vicar of Kendal (see pt. ii, L. 610). He was Mayor of Kendal, 1845–6, and an enthusiastic promoter of railways in the north-west. For a time he owned Haydon's portrait of Wordsworth on Helvellyn, now in the National Portrait Gallery.
Editor’s Note
2 Founded by Cornelius Nicholson and Thomas Gough, the naturalist, on 20 Aug. 1835, under the presidency of Edward Wilson of Abbot Hall and Rigmaden Park. At the general meeting on 22 Sept., W. W. and Southey, along with Lord Brougham, John Dalton the physicist, Adam Sedgwick, and Professor Wilson, were elected Honorary Members. William Pearson took a prominent part in the activities of the Society, and later on, Hartley Coleridge lectured and gave poetry readings (1846–7). The Minute Books of the Society are preserved at the Kendal Public Library.
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