William Wordsworth, Dorothy Wordsworth

The Letters of William and Dorothy Wordsworth, Vol. 5: The Later Years: Part II: 1829–1834 (Second Revised Edition)

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pg 197497.W. W. to GEORGE HUNTLY GORDON

  • Endorsed: Wordsworth. Jany 16/30.
  • MS. Cornell.
  • Broughton, p. 30.

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  • Jany 16th/30

My dear Sir,

The account of Wm was satisfactory—there was also an agreeable Letter from Mr. Pappendick.

The Miss Jewsbury you speak [of]1 is a friend of ours—and lives at Manchester. She means to be in town for a short time in

May, and it will give us pleasure to furnish you with a Letter of

introduction—which at least would give you an opportunity of seeing her—should nothing more come of it from her short stay, and the pressure of both your engagements.

I am not acquainted with the duties of the Sheriffs of Scotland, and therefore cannot form a judgement how far such an institution would suit the case of Ireland. The state of moral sentiment is so perverted in Ireland, and the passions so mounted, that it is in vain to look for an impartial and efficient administration of justice whatever be the form of the Institution. Witnesses cannot be procured, and jury men will not look at the truth. A steady hand of Power can alone put the Country in the way of improving itself—Time and gradual knowledge must do the rest—

I should have waited a few days before I thanked you for your yesterdays communication, and for your kindly forwarding my Letters but for the sake of the enclosed to [Here Dora W. takes the pen] Messrs Hebeler which relates to a mischance that has befallen thro neglect of Coach Proprs a box containing two beautiful specimens of Moor game (stuffed) and intended as a present from William to the Museum of natural history at Bremen. Our English Moor game is unknown on the Continent and the collection at Bremen only contained the Ptarmigan and Black Game—and William to gratify the keeper of the Museum promised to procure him a specimen. To save further expense we have taken the liberty of requesting Messrs Hebeler to answer thro' you. The enclosed which explains the accident is left open for your perusal if you think it worth while to look at it.

Thank you for the Pacquet Paper and Believe me duly sensible of you kind attentions and with sincere respect Faithfully yours

Wm Wordsworth    

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