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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801. D. W. to C. W.2

  • Address: Rev. Dr Wordsworth, Joshua Watsons Esq, Park Street, Westminster [ln hand of C. W. jnr.]
  • Postmark: 6 Jan. 1834.
  • Stamp: Kendal Penny Post.
  • MS. Cornell. Hitherto unpublished.

  • [Rydal Mount]
  • [2 Jan. 1834]

Chris assures me that a few words from my own hand will be welcome therefore in very few let me try to tell you how the house overflowed with joy when he appeared among us. I had but one pg 677regret that you, my dear Brother, were not by his side. If this could have been I should have been doubly thankful—but let us hope that we may yet again meet in this world—that another year may bring more settled times and allow you more of peaceful leisure. I think Chris's looks are improved. He is always chearful and seems to have nothing to complain of except occasional head-aches. The first day I thought him looking 10 years older than when we last parted; and no wonder after the severe exercise of Body and mind which he has gone through. I trust we shall send him back to you with shallower wrinkles in his cheeks than I first perceived there. He has told you how we all are so I need only add that we wish you a happy and tranquil year

  • God bless you—Believe me ever your affecte Sister               
  • D Wordsworth    

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Editor’s Note
2 Written at the end of a letter from C. W. jnr. to C. W., giving the latest news from Rydal Mount. 'My Uncle's eyes are … much better, indeed they would be quite well, if he did not write verses: but this he will do; and therefore it is extremely difficult to prevent him from ruining his eyesight: he talks much of a visit to Italy, to lay in a store of images, poetical and others, against the blindness he predicts for himself.'
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