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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  • Address: Samuel Rogers Esq. St James' place, London.
  • Postmark: 19 Apr. 1828.
  • Stamp: Kendal Penny Post.
  • Endorsed: not to be published S. R.
  • MS. Sharpe Collection, University College, London.
  • Rogers. LY i. 298.

[17 Apr. 1828]3

My dear R—

To-night I set off for Cambridge, passing by Coleorton, where I shall stay a couple of days with the Rector.4 My Son accompanies me; being about to undertake a Curacy in a Parish adjoining that of Coleorton, near Grace-Dieu, the birth-place of Beaumont5 the Dramatist. At Cambridge I purpose to stay till the 10th or 11th May, and then for a short, very short, visit to London, where I shall be sadly disappointed if I do not meet you. My main object is to look out for some situation, mercantile if it could be found, for my younger son. If you can serve me, pray do.

I have troubled you with this note to beg you would send any further sheets of your Poem,6 up to the 8th or so of next month, to me at Trin: Lodge, Cambridge. Farewell. My Wife and Daughter are, I trust, already at Cambridge. My sister begs her kindest regards. Miss Hutchinson is here, who has also been much gratified by your Poem, and begs to be remembered to you.

  • Ever faithfully yours      
  • Wm Wordsworth  

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Editor’s Note
3 Date established from SH, p. 362 and D. W.'s MS. Journal recording W. W.'s departure for Coleorton with John W.
Editor’s Note
4 Francis Merewether.
Editor’s Note
5 See EY, p. 588.
Editor’s Note
6 The Second Part of Italy. W. W. was apparently receiving proofs, but no record remains of his criticisms or other observations, if any were made.
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