William Wordsworth

Ernest De Selincourt, Alan G. Hill, and Mary Moorman (eds), The Letters of William and Dorothy Wordsworth, Vol. 3: The Middle Years: Part II: 1812–1820 (Second Revised Edition)

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MS. Lonsdale MSS., Record Office, The Castle, Carlisle. Hitherto unpublished.

  • Rydale Mount
  • Octbr 20th [1818]

My dear Lord Lowther,

I have this day written to both the Parties;1 desiring the inquiry to be dropped—which will, of course, be done.—I never hinted at any wish on your part to know the Author—but spoke entirely as from myself.

Lord Thanet is to be sure a troublesome enemy; but nothing but the creation of new Freeholds (in which the Party must be met) can enable them to gain their point, in the face of the Lowther interest and connection.

I shall be at Lowther during the chief part of the next week, so if you have occasion, or feel inclined to write, my address will be there.

  • ever faithfully yours      
  • W. Wordsworth    

I find that Col. Lowther was at Carlisle Races, so that Mrs W. need not have been in such a haste to find fault.

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Editor’s Note
1 i.e. Mr. Surgeon Harrison and the other person whom W, W. had approached with a view to finding out the identity of Birch.
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