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 466659. W. W. to JOHN FORSTER1

  • Address: John Forster Esqre, 4 Burton St., Burton Crescent, London.
  • Postmark: 22 Dec. 1831.
  • Stamp: Keswick.
  • MS. Cornell.
  • LY ii. 592.

[In M. W.'s hand]

Rydal Mount Decr 19th, 1831

Sir,

I was much concerned to learn from your letter and its inclosure that Mr L. Hunt2 was suffering from ill health and embarrassed circumstances; to the relief of which I should be happy to contribute as far as my Subscription goes, and regret that from my sequestered situation here, I can do little more. The consideration of Mr Hunt being a Man of Genius and Talents, and in distress, will, I trust, prevent your proposal being taken as a test of opinion, and that the benevolent purpose will be promoted by men of all parties.

  • I am Sir, sincerely yours     
  • [signed] Wm Wordsworth

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Editor’s Note
1 John Forster (1812–76), the biographer and essayist, was editor of The Examiner (1847–55), secretary to the lunacy commission (1855–61), and a lunacy commissioner (1861–72), and published lives of his friends Landor (2 vols., 1869) and Dickens (3 vols., 1872–4). He became friendly with Leigh Hunt in 1829.
Editor’s Note
2 Leigh Hunt was over-taxing himself with his daily sheet The Tatler, which ran from 4 Oct. 1830 till 13 Feb. 1832 (see also L. 620 above). Forster's 'proposal' was that Hunt's financial difficulties should be relieved by the publication, by subscription, of an expensive edition of his Poetical Works. This appeared in the following year from Moxon.
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