William Wordsworth

Ernest De Selincourt and Chester L. Shaver (eds), The Letters of William and Dorothy Wordsworth, Vol. 1: The Early Years: 1787–1805 (Second Revised Edition)

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pg 291137. W. W. to MESSRS. BIGGS and COTTLE

  • Address: Messrs Biggs and Cottle | Printers | St. Augustine's Back | Bristol
  • Postmark: 7 August 1800. Stamp: Keswick.
  • MS. Yale Univ. Lib. White(—), 10. CL(—), i. 616.

[Keswick] Monday, [c. 4] August—18001

[S. T. C. writes]

8th Poem. / N. B. In this and all the poems let all the lines begin from the same part of the Margin.

[Then follow, in S. T. C.'s hand, The Waterfall and the Eglantine, The Oak and the Broom, The Fly (cancelled), Lucy Gray, and The Idle Shepherd Boys. Before The Fly W. W. writes]

N. B. do not print the following poem. W. W.

[After The Idle Shepherd Boys S. T. C. writes]

Memorandum—This is the second letter addressed to Messrs Biggs and Cottle—the first having been directed to Mr Davy. W. Wordsworth particularly wishes that the proof sheets may be sent to Mr Davy, with the copy—as Mr D. has kindly undertaken to correct them.


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Editor’s Note
1 S. T. C. went to Grasmere on Thursday, 31 July. The next day D. W. copied The Brothers and altered A Whirl-Blast. On Saturday, 2 Aug. S. T. C. and W. W. went to Keswick, W. W. returning on 6 Aug.
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