Dorothy 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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D. W. to C. W.3

  • Address: To The Revd Dr Wordsworth, Trinity Lodge, Cambridge.
  • Stamp: Kendal Penny Post.
  • MS. WL. Hitherto unpublished.

Wednesday—6th October [1830]

My dear Brother,

We were grateful to you for writing to us previous to the public decision; for our anxiety was great in dear John's account4—so great indeed was mine that I hardly sent a wish after poor Chris, being well able to encounter a disappointment for him, in the assurance of his after success. May God bless them both and grant them many long years of happy and useful life!—Our small remaining household—William, Miss Hutchinson5 and myself join in sincerest congratulations to you and them and especially to you my dear Brother on this completion of your satisfaction in your Sons' progress through the University.

Dora left us for Moresby yesterday morning side by side with Isabella6 in her little carriage, driven by Mr Curwen's Servant. It was an affecting sight to me when I saw them drive away—very sisterly and very pretty they looked. Both left their congratulations for you and the Cousins—for your letter had arrived the day before—and yester morn the Cambridge paper, which they took pg 207on for John and his mother. She went to Moresby last Monday to begin to prepare the house—and our Brother will follow on Saturday. The wedding is to be on Monday, and the young couple will proceed to Edinburgh; but will only be absent two Sundays.

Mary's business in the house will hardly be finished before the end of another week. William will stay with her, and Dora at Moresby. This arrangement leaves but little time for preparations for their long journey and we think they cannot set off before from the 22nd to the 25th. William has written to Sir G Beaumont to say that if convenient they will stay three or four days at Coleorton in their way—and if so they cannot be with you till the end of the month. But should not the Beaumonts receive them they may be sooner with you if it should make much difference in regard to your convenience.—But if it be equal, or nearly so to you, they will have ample employment for that time intended to be given to Coleorton, having other Friends who wish to detain them on their road.—Perhaps Mrs Watson's1 unfortunate illness may make their early arrival at Cambridge of less consequence, as, at all events, the visit of that Family will probably be at least delayed. I was much shocked and concerned at hearing of her severe and dangerous illness; and the more so as happening at this time when your plans had been as we thought so happily arranged for a family meeting.

I have at length finally given up the idea of accompanying the Three2 to Cambridge—reluctantly, as you may believe—for such an opportunity of meeting you and your three Sons together under the Roof of Trinity Lodge may never again occur. My Resolve has been made chiefly in consideration of the win[?ter]3 being a bad one for excursions and travelling—and of my being now well, and that therefore it may be wiser to run no risques till I have had longer experience of re-established health. Add to this—that if I should suffer by my hardihood, it would be such a distress to me to disturb the comfort and happiness of others.—If we do not hear again from you immediately we shall conclude that it will not put you to much inconvenience if they do not arrive till the end of the month, but if you have particular reasons for wishing it otherwise, pray write.

pg 208Give my kind love to all my nephews, and believe me, my dear Brother

ever yours D. Wordsworth  

The Eichbaum property1 is held under Lord Lonsdale, and not [?burdensome]2—but no difficulty in enfranchising—Mr E. willing to sell—demands £800, which is one hundred more than specified by Mr Harrison3 on account of the Stable lately built, and other improvements. The sole objection4 is Mr Greaves's lease—certain for 3 years—and at his option for three years more. But on the other hand, he and his Wife are likely to tire of his Bargain—and even if they do not, it would be no bad investment for idle money. Rent is £50 annually furnished, which5 for the time probably might be bought with the house for £100, or less. Further: if inclined to come before Mr Greaves goes you might certainly rent Mrs Barlow's.6

I have spent ten days very pleasantly at Hallsteads7—you much inquired after there and at Paterdale.8

Wm on his walk to day met Owen Lloyd,9 who sent his congratulations.

Of course when you write you will tell us what you hear of Mrs Watson, as we are anxious for her recovery.

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Editor’s Note
3 This letter follows LY pt. ii, L.569.
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4 C.W.'s sons John and Christopher were elected Fellows of Trinity College, Cambridge, this autumn.
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5 i.e. S.H.
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6 Isabella Curwen, whom John W. was to marry later this month (see Ls. 571 and 574). M.W. was making ready their house at Moresby, John W.'s living near Whitehaven.
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1 Wife of Joshua Watson, the prominent Anglican layman (see MY pt. ii, L. 590).
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2 W.W., M.W. and Dora W.
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1 Ferney Green, near Bowness, at present leased to Capt. Robert Greaves. The reference is to C.W.'s unfulfilled plan to acquire or rent a property in the Lake District.
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2 Illegible word.
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3 Benson Harrison of Green Bank, Ambleside.
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4 Objection written twice.
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5 i.e. the furniture.
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6 Owner of another house near Bowness, and a friend of the Wordsworths (see LY pt. ii, Ls. 484 and 527).
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7 Home of the Marshalls on Ullswater.
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8 i.e. Patterdale Hall, home of the Marshalls' son William and his family.
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9 Curate of Langdale (see LY pt. i, L. 152).
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