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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548. W. W. to ALEXANDER DYCE

  • Address: Revd Alexander Dyce, 9 Gray's Inn Square, London.
  • MS. Victoria and Albert Museum.
  • LY i. 490.

[mid-June2 1830]

My dear Sir,

I have at last lighted upon Martin's Pamphlet entitled a Voyage to St Kilda3—4th Edition, London 1753—The passage I alluded to some time ago stands thus page 19—'no sort of trees, not even the least shrub grows here; nor has a Bee ever been seen here.

  •            Hard is their shallow soil and bleak and bare,
  •            Nor ever rural Bee was heard to murmur there.

In the preceding Paragraph Martin gives an account of the soil which scarcely agrees with the words of the Poet. Hard is the shallow soil etc, saying—the soil is very grateful to the Labourer producing ordinarily 16 or 18 or 20 fold—they use no plough but a kind of inverted spade—their harrows are of wood, as are the teeth in front also, etc etc. I have transcribed these notices hoping for an op[p]ortunity to send you this note Postage paid.

  • I remain dear Sir             
  • faithfully yours        
  • Wm Wordsworth   

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2 Date fixed by next letter.
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