William Wordsworth

Alan G. Hill (ed.), The Letters of William and Dorothy Wordsworth, Vol. 8: A Supplement of New Letters (Revised Edition)

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W. W. to C. W. JNR.2

MS. WL. Hitherto unpublished.

  • Brinsop Court
  • near Hereford
  • Septbr25 1843

My dear Chris,

Your letter to Dora announcing the birth of a Son,3 has been forwarded to us at this place; we heartily congratulate you and dear Susan upon the event and offer our best wishes for the health, welldoing and happiness of the newborn, and of your other children—

I have to thank you for your Sermon accompanying the Translation from St. Chrysostom4 which I received some time ago; and both of which gave me much pleasure.

We left our Sister Joanna5 in improved health but still weak, and likely we fear to remain so. This improvement was gratifying, but our visit upon the whole was the most distressing I ever paid in my life. Mr Sutton6 every day became more and more pg 247excited in mind; and by the advice of his Stockton medical attendant, I procured from a Physician, Dr Belcombe at York, a person accustomed to the care of insane persons, and under him Mr S—is now placed, in his own House.

We have also had great anxiety since we came here. On the night of the second day after our arrival, our excellent Maidservant,1 who has lived with us thirteen years, was seized with pleurisy. Blistering, bleeding, and all other usual remedies have been resorted to; and She continues very ill though better today than yesterday.

One of Mrs Hutchinson's Daughters is also so unwell, that she must leave us in a day or two, to take the Invalid to the Sea side, as advised by her Doctor. So that anxiety which we left at home, has attended us all the way.—The accounts from Isabella2 are far from good, and your cousin John of Keswick3 though something better I cannot but consider in a precarious state.

Why did not you mention your own health. With Love to Susan in which Mary unites, I remain your affectionate Uncle

W. Wordsworth

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Editor’s Note
2 This letter follows LY pt. iv, L. 1736.
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3 John Wordsworth (1843–1911), later Fellow of Brasenose College, Oxford, Oriel Professor of the Interpretation of Holy Scripture (1883), and Bishop of Salisbury from 1885: author of The Episcopate of Charles Wordsworth, 1899, The Ministry of Grace, 1901, and numerous other works.
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4 Unidentified, and perhaps never published.
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5 W. W. and M. W. had visited Joanna Hutchinson at Elton, near Stockton-on-Tees (see L. 1730), before travelling down to Brinsop to stay with Thomas and Mary Hutchinson.
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6 M. W.'s nephew (see MY pt. ii, L. 466), the details of whose illness are given in LY pt. iv, L. 1735).
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1 Jane, who died soon afterwards.
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2 John W.'s wife.
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3 R. W.'s son.
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