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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314. W. W. to ALLAN CUNNINGHAM

  • MS. Mr. W. Hugh Peal.
  • K (—). LY i. 289 (—).

  • Brinsop Court
  • near Hereford
  • Janry 9th 1828

My dear Sir,

Has my friend Mr Quillinan lately ordered a Copy of my Bust from you? If not, be so good as to have one cast for him, which I will pay for; he having left the one he possessed in Westmoreland for a connection of mine. I shall also want a Bust for one of my Nephews, who has lately distinguished himself at Oxford, and has just been elected a Student of Christ Church—where he has rooms as long as he chooses to remain unmarried. When my other two nephews who are now of Cambridge are likely to be as far settled as their Brother, I shall want a Bust for each of them. In the meanwhile be so kind as to have one executed as carefully as you can for Mr Quillinan, who will be directed to call upon you, and let the other be sent to Charles Wordsworth, Esq, Christ church Oxford. I shall be in Town in spring when I will take care to discharge my debt for these Busts; and will also take such steps as may ensure the payment of the one which at Mr Coleridge's request, I mean Mr Edward Coleridge of Eaton,1 I begged might be cast for him, and which was accordingly sent to him at that place by you; but perhaps he has himself discharged the debt.

In the letter I had the pleasure of receiving from you some time ago you recur to the scheme of a selection from my Poems for circulation among the Scotch Peasantry.2 When we meet I will talk this over with you, and we will discuss its practicability. I should myself be wholly at a loss what pieces to fix upon for such a Person. I am happy to see that your pen continues busy, but scarcely any new books find their way to me in Westmoreland. I am at present on a visit to a Brother in law, with whom my Wife pg 569and Daughter are residing for the winter, the Mother as companion to her child, whose health was so much decayed last winter that it was thought adviseable to try the effects of a drier climate. The season has thus far been very unfavorable but she is much better—indeed almost well, though far from being as strong as she needs to be———

Pray give my kind regards to Mr Chantry, nor let Mrs Cunningham or your young folks forget me———

I return to Westnd in about a fortnight.

  • believe me my dear Sir        
  • faithfully yours     
  • Wm Wordsworth   

Be so good as send the Enclosed to the two penny post.———

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Editor’s Note
2 See also L. 338 below.
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