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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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774. W. W. to ROBERT JONES

MS. WL transcript. Hitherto unpublished.

  • Lowther Castle, Westḍ
  • 11th August [1833]

My dear Jones,

As I am now paying one of my annual visits, in a House where, notwithstanding the Reform Bill, franks may still be procured, I pg 635avail myself of the opportunity to write you a few lines as I have often done before from the same place.—I shall confine myself to domestic particulars, which I know are always interesting to you as one of my oldest Friends.—And first, for my dear Sister:—During the course of the winter we feared we should have lost her. No one could scarcely be brought lower and yet survive, as God be thanked she has done.—She is never likely to be strong again, but after having been many months confined to her room, and almost to her bed, she can now walk about in her room a little, and when the weather is favorable, she is wheeled about out of doors every day for an hour or more. Having many resources and a devout spirit, she has supported this long illness with admirable patience and resignation, furnishing an example for us all.—My wife is well, and now with me here, after a little Tour, which on returning from Carlisle we have made together on the Banks of the beautiful river Eden.1

My daughter is well, but not strong.—My elder Son and his wife have been staying with us several weeks—they brought their Baby a very fine girl of six months old. Her presence was a great treat to us all, and of course when they went away they were much missed. My younger son acts as my Sub-distributor at Carlisle. He is well, though in bad spirits, as the situation leads to nothing, and is wholly dependant, not merely on my life but on the temper of the Times which continues to be deplorable.—I have now told you all, and have only to request that you would give me a like Bulletin at your leisure. I hope your health, in particular, has been good. Mine continues excellent and I am active also; though I feel not so strong for bearing exertion as I have been. I got however pretty well this summer through a fortnight Tour in Scotland, when I had a good deal of walking, though our travelling was principally by steam, Staffa having been our chief object. Pray remember me kindly to your Brothers and Sisters. Mrs W. joins me in best remembrances.

  • ever faithfully yours     
  • Wm Wordsworth   

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Editor’s Note
1 See PW iv. 45–6, and the I. F. notes, p. 409, for the sonnets which were inspired by this tour of the Eden to Wetheral, Nunnery (see pt. i, L. 3), and Lowther.
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