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 159W. W. to WILLIAM WILBERFORCE1

  • Address: William Wilberforce Esqre, Kensington Gore.
  • Postmark: 25 May 1815.
  • Endorsed: Mr Wordsworth.
  • MS. Bodleian Library. Hitherto unpublished.

  • 24th May 1815
  • 24 Edward Street
  • Cavendish Sqre

My dear Sir,

I am very sorry that I am engaged for breakfast every day this week, although on Friday only conditionally. If on that day Mr Heber2 and Mr Walter Scott3 should be at liberty, I am under promise to meet them at Sir George Beaumont's to breakfast, thence to proceed to the City with Sir George and Lady Beaumont to view an original Portrait of Milton4 (a very fine one) recently rescued from the dust of a Broker's Shop.—

If this arrangement cannot be effected, it will give me great pleasure to wait upon you on Friday, otherwise I must defer that gratification till Monday Morning5—In the mean while permit me to thank you for your most kind note, and to express my regret on account of your illness, and earnest wishes for your speedy and perfect recovery.

  • I have the honor to be              
  • my dear Sir           
  • With great respect        
  • Your obedient Servt      
  • Wm Wordsworth  

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Editor’s Note
1 This letter follows MY pt. ii, L. 368.
Editor’s Note
2 Richard Heber, the book collector.
Editor’s Note
3 According to Lockhart, Scott returned to Edinburgh on the 22nd, but L. 368 to Scott, which Scott sent on to Heber with a covering note on the 25th, shows that Scott was staying on in London for several days more.
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5 According to Wilberforce's Diary, W. W. breakfasted with him on the 29th, 'and it being the first time, staid long'; and on 9 June Wilberforce dined at Sir George Beaumont's to meet W. W., who was 'very manly, sensible, and full of knowledge, but independent almost to rudeness.' (R. I. Wilberforce and Samuel Wilberforce, The Life of William Wilberforce, 5 vols., 1838, iv. 260.)
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