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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558. D. W. to GEORGE HUNTLY GORDON

  • Address: G. Huntley Gordon Esqre.
  • Endorsed: Miss Wordsworth. 25th July/30.
  • MS. Cornell.
  • Broughton, p. 38.

Rydal Mount 25th July [1830]

My dear Sir,

You are so kindly disposed to serve us that I know you will find it more easy to pardon the liberty I am taking than I do to excuse myself; for I am really very unwilling to trouble you with another enclosure so soon after our last, especially as I am conscious that with a little more fore-thought I might have spared you this second trouble. My letter for Boulogne might have been ready; and sent at the same time with Mrs Wordsworth's last to William at Neuwyd. Having confessed this much, I trust your good-will for forgiveness, only must stipulate that you deal frankly with me—and that if it be inconvenient to you to forward so many letters to so many different quarters as I have ventured to charge you with—you will tell me so.

You will be glad to hear that my letter for Rome was duly received, and has brought us a most interesting reply from an excellent Friend, who intends to spend another winter in Italy. He was our companion on the Continent in our Tour of 1820, recorded by my Brother in his 'Memorials' and promises speedily, after his return to England next year to make his way to Rydal Mount and retrace by our fire-side the wanderings of this, his much longer journey. Mr Henry Crabbe Robinson (that is our Friend's name) makes London his home—and I am sure you will be glad to become acquainted with him, and my Brother to be the means of making you so when he returns.

pg 308I am sorry to send this, unaccompanied by a line from my Brother. He is gone from home for a few days.

I kept back my letters—and now my Brother is at home again; and as he himself intends writing I will trouble you no further; and pray dear Sir, believe me to be, with much respect

  • Your much obliged    
  • (though unknown) Friend    
  • Dorothy Wordsworth    

I am happy to tell you that my Niece's health has, of late, been much improved; and we trust that a little time will restore her strength.

27th July

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