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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807. W. W. to SAMUEL ROGERS

  • MS. Sharpe Collection, University College, London.
  • Rogers. K (—). LY ii. 691.

[In M. W.'s hand]

Jan 14th [1834]

My dear Friend,

Yesterday I received your most valuable present of 3 copies of yr beautiful Book,2 which I assure you will be nowhere more prized than in this house. My Sister was affected even to the shedding of tears by this token of your remembrance. When a Person has been shut up for upwards of 12 months in a sick room it is pg 688a touching thing to receive proofs, from time to time, of not being forgotten. Dora is at Keswick to attend as Bridesmaid upon Miss Southey, who loses her family name to-morrow. Your book has been forwarded, and we hope it will be recd at Greta Hall to-day.

Of the execution of the Plates, as compared with the former Vol, and the merit of the designs, we have not yet had time to judge. But I cannot forbear adding that as several of the Poems are among my oldest and dearest acquaintance in the Literature of our day, such an elegant Ed: of them, with their illustrations, must to me be peculiarly acceptable. As Mr Moxon does not mention your health, I hope it is good, and your Sister's also, who, we are happy to hear, has drawn nearer to you. Pray remember us all most kindly to her, and accept yourself our united thanks and best wishes.

  • I remain, my dear R.                                                  
  • faithfully yours     
  • [signed] Wm Wordsworth  

We were grieved to notice the death of the veteran Sotheby.1 Not less than 14 of our Relatives, friends, or valued acquaintance have been removed by death within the last 3 or 4 months.

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Editor’s Note
2 Poems, 1834. See L. 773 above.
Editor’s Note
1 William Sotheby, the poet and translator (see EY, p. 455 and pt. i, L. 278) had died on 30 Dec. 1833.
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