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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pg 157W. W. to JOHN EDWARDS1

  • MS. Arizona State University Library.
  • Mark Reed, 'Wordsworth Letters, New Items', NQ ccxvii (1972), 93–6.

[c. 20 Mar. 1815]

My dear Sir

I take up the pen (meaning merely to scrawl a few words) in order that you may be put in the way of receiving my Poems,2 about to be published, without expense. On the other side, you will find an order to that effect; which I hope you will be able to make use of in such a manner, as that the books may be received by you without costing you a penny, if possible. I cannot bear that after laying out so large a sum as two guineas [upon] the Excursion,3 you should have to pay any thing [ ] I thank you for your most [   ] domestic [ ]4 Mr Montgomery's praise was highly grateful to me—pray tell him so when you write; and add that I am happy to have repayed in kind the great pleasure which his writings have afforded me.—Excuse extreme haste. The White Doe5 is mine. Let me hear from you at your leisure.

  • And believe me with great respect          
  • And sincere regard      
  • Your friend     
  • W Wordsworth  

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Editor’s Note
1 Of Derby (see MY pt. i, L.219). This letter, and the next one, follow MY pt. ii, L. 357.
Editor’s Note
2 Poems, 2 vols., 1815.
Editor’s Note
3 Edwards's recent letter to W.W., received at Rydal Mount on 15 Mar., had been full of praise for The Excursion, and had cited Montgomery's equally high estimate of the poem. D.W. had quoted both views in letters to C.C. and S.H. (see Ls. 353 and 357).
Editor’s Note
4 Several lines torn away.
Editor’s Note
5 The White Doe of Rystone was finally published this year.
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