William Wordsworth

Ernest De Selincourt and Alan G. Hill (eds), The Letters of William and Dorothy Wordsworth, Vol. 4: The Later Years: Part I: 1821–1828 (Second Revised Edition)

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13. W. W. to JOHN KENYON

  • Address: John Kenyon Esqre, Montagu Square, London.
  • Stamp: Kendal Penny Post.
  • Endorsed: from Wordsworth his autograph.
  • MS. untraced.
  • Transactions of the Wordsworth Society, no. 6, p. 81. K (—). LY i. 14.

  • Rydal Mount
  • 5 th Feby, 1821.

My dear Friend,

Many thanks for your valuable present of the Shades, which reached me two days ago by the hands of my sister.

I have tried them and they answer their purpose perfectly; Mrs W. says they have no fault but being over fine for the person they are intended for. I, on the other hand, am pleased to see Ornament engrafted upon infirmity, and promise that I will take care neither to sully nor spoil such elegant productions.

We have had a charming season since we reachd Westd, winter disarmed of all his terrors, and proving that it is not necessary always to run away from old England for the sake of fine weather.

l was so good as to come over and see us; he is well but always looks rather pale and thin in winter, which seems to add a few years to his age. He is as busy as ever, and about to publish a political Poem which will satisfy no party.1

pg 25George the Third is represented as entering the true Jerusalem with the deceased worthies of his reign, and neither Charles Fox, Wm Pitt, nor Dr Johnson are of the Party–!

Cambridge is a 'pleasant place',1 and so is Rydal Mount. Come, and make it pleasanter, or if that is not to be let us hear at least of your movements.

My sister seems to think, and yet not to think, that she ought to have answered your last letter; she stumbled out an apology to be transmitted by me.

I did not like the frame of it, and said that you will readily forgive her, if she makes up for that neglect by additional application to her journal,2 which I am sorry to find is little advanced, talking being, as you know, a much more easy, and to one party at least a more pleasant thing than writing.

[cetera desunt]

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Editor’s Note
1 A Vision of Judgment. See L. 11 above.
Editor’s Note
1 See Anecdote for Fathers (1798), 1. 23 (PW i. 242).
Editor’s Note
2 Of their recent continental tour.
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