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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  • MS. Lonsdale MSS. Hitherto unpublished.

  • >Rydal Mount
  • Tuesday morning
  • August 5th 1834

My Lord,

Many thanks for your Lordship's obliging Letter. It has mortified me not a little that I have been unable to pay my respects at Lowther before this time; and what is worse, I cannot foresee when I shall be at liberty. Yesterday, my Surgeon, Mr Carr of Ambleside, and Dr Vose,2 a Physician formerly in great practice at Liverpool, consulted about the little tumor or nodule which has for some time been forming on one of my Toes, in consequence probably of an awkward accident; and it was determined, though much against Mr Carr's wish, that, as no enlargement or change had taken place in it for the last week, that another week or ten days should be tried to see what Nature would do with it; and if it did not diminish, it must then be cut out. In the meanwhile I must wait as patiently as I can, thankful that it occasions not the least pain, being almost insensible; but it is recommended to me to abstain from walking much during the interval.

Pray, my Lord excuse this long story—and be assured that as soon as I am at Liberty, it will give me the utmost pleasure to visit you and my excellent friends at Lowther.

I am glad that Lord Lowther is coming down, and trust I shall have the pleasure of seeing him. What a discouraging state is this poor Country in! The government becoming more and more radical pg 731with every change in the Persons that compose it!1 The House of Lords is the only barrier between us and universal confusion.—Mr Bolton was too much oppressed by the hot weather to venture from home on Friday—he is declining visibly. It is said that Mr Branker2 has sold his house at Clappersgate—I wish it may be so, for he is a nuisance in the neighbourhood. Allan Bank, Mr Crump's property, has also been sold to a Mr Dawson, who has been some time resident in Grasmere. I do not exactly know his political principles, but I rather think they are conservative. Mr Redmain,3 who bought Brathay, is about to build a Church and endow it—he is said to be of a strong religious bias, and closely connected with the Wilsons of Casterton.4

My Son has come over to see us from Workington, his wife having just presented him with a Son.5

Mrs Wordsworth and my Sister, who is rather in her better way, and my Son and Daughter, unite with me in respectful remembrances to your Lordship and Lady Lonsdale, and believe me ever

  • faithfully your much obliged        
  • W Wordsworth      

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Editor’s Note
2 See L.814 above.
Editor’s Note
1 The Whig government of Lord Grey had been progressively weakened this summer, first by the resignation of Sir James Graham (see MY ii. 536), Stanley, and others over the Irish Church question, and later by the opposition of Lord Althorp (see L.820 above) to an Irish coercion bill. Grey resigned, and was succeeded on 17 July by Lord Melbourne (1779–1848), Home Secretary in the previous administration.
Editor’s Note
2 James Branker of Croft Lodge.
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3 For Giles Redmayne, see L.758 above.
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4 See MY ii. 292, 419.
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5 Henry Curwen Wordsworth (1834–65), W. W.'s first grandson.
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