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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44. W. W. to LORD LONSDALE

MS. Lonsdale MSS. Hitherto unpublished.

  • Rydal Mount
  • Octbr 16th 1821

My Lord,

Sincerely do I thank you and Lady Lonsdale for your prompt exertions in my behalf.4 I am sensible also of Lord Camden's5 pg 86favorable dispositions and obliging expressions. The Result has not caused me much disappointment; nor can I lament that I did not make my wishes earlier known to my Friends of the House of Lowther, as I could not have felt justified in applying for their assistance, had it not been for the course now pursuing in respect to the public office with which, through your Lordship's patronage, I am connected.

Mrs Wordsworth returns her respectful acknowledgements for the present of game.

The Report concerning Mr Curwen's marriage seems dying away.

  • What enchanting weather we now have!                     
  • Ever my Lord                                   
  • most faithfully your obliged Friend and Servant     
  • Wm Wordsworth   

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Editor’s Note
4 i.e. to get Willy W. placed on the Foundation at the Charterhouse. Lady Lonsdale's brother was John Fane, 10th Earl of Westmorland (1759–1841), a distinguished Carthusian and powerful member of the Cabinet by virtue of his office of Lord Privy Seal, which he held almost continuously from 1798 until the end of Lord Liverpool's administration in 1827.
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5 John Jeffreys Pratt, 2nd Earl and 1st Marquess of Camden (1759–1840), governor of the Charterhouse since 1811, and one of the tellers of the exchequer, a post he held for the extraordinary period of sixty years, voluntarily giving up the growing emoluments of the office and receiving a vote of thanks from Parliament. He was Lord Lieutenant of Ireland in the troubled period leading up to Wolfe Tone's rebellion, Secretary of State for War under Pitt, and thereafter Lord President of the Council, but otherwise his political career was undistinguished. In 1834 he became Chancellor of Cambridge University.
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