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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259. W. W. to JOHN KENYON

  • Address: John Kenyon Esqr, Bath [readdressed to] Exmouth, Devon.
  • Franked: Whitehaven thirty first October 1826 Lonsdale.
  • Postmark: 2 Nov. 1826.
  • Stamp: (1) Whitehaven. (2) Bath.
  • MS. Mr. W. Hugh Peal. Hitherto unpublished.

  • Rydal Mount
  • [c. 29 Oct. 1826]

My dear Friend,

This letter has been prematurely sent to Lowther, and returned to me at this place. I have just a moment to shew you my beautiful handwriting and to add my thanks to Mrs Wordsworth's for your kind present.

—We have lately had a high gratification in the sight of our old Friend T. Pool1 on his return from Edinburgh.—I took him a long ramble among our hills with which he was greatly delighted. I chose the rocky wildness of Loughrigg Fell and Langdale, as they have nothing of the craggy in Somerset; we returned by Grasmere. I wish heartily he could have stayed a week with us.2

We have had an enchanting summer and Autumn. The leaves remain longer with us …

[cetera desunt]

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1 i.e. Thomas Poole.
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2 Poole wrote on 12 Nov. about his recent visit, praising W. W.'s descriptions of Lakeland in his Guide: 'The Country is an exquisite Skeleton of Poetry and in that little Book you have accurately copied the Form and have transferred therein a Part of yourself—a living Soul.' (WL MSS.)
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