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 751854. D. W. to SARA HUTCHINSON JNR.1

  • Address: Miss Sara Hutchinson, Brinsop Court, near Hereford.
  • MS. WL. Hitherto unpublished.

[? mid-Dec. 1834]

My dear little Sara,

Though you do not know me I am a sincere Friend of yours, and though unseen I love you because I am told you are a good Girl.

I am well acquainted with your Brothers and Sisters, and they will tell you who I am; and can remember the pleasant weeks I had with them at Brinsop before you were born. No doubt you know that Elizabeth has two Godmothers in Westmorland, an old one and a young one. I am the old Godmother. Poor Miss Cookson,2 the young God-mother, is, like me, confined to her Bed-room by sickness; and I fear it will be a long time before either of us can visit our God-daughter; but I hope I may hereafter become strong enough to travel again to Brinsop when I shall rejoice to see your dear mother again, and all of you.

I send you a work-bag because I hear you are a workwoman; and I think this smart Bag will be useful when you sit at work with your mother, when she has company, and when you have some nice little delicate piece of work to put into it;—and I send you this letter because I hope you can read it, and am sure can answer it, and will send me the Brinsop news in return. You must tell me all about your Cousin Mary Monkhouse,3 and about the garden and the Doves and all other matters, and do not forget your Friends, the Miss Stevens's of Credenhill—and George Monkhouse4—and Christy and Sally;5 for I know them all.

I was very unlucky in employing my nephew Charles to get the Books for Elizabeth, and am grieved she has not received the two latter volumes. I desired him to send the parcel to Hereford by some Oxford Scholar; but he has not managed well and the parcel is still in his Rooms at Christ-Church. Tell Elizabeth that I think one of her Hereford Friends is likely to go to Oxford, and perhaps she may request him to call on Mr Charles Wordsworth at Christ- Church College and ask him for a parcel from his Aunt for Miss Hutchinson of Brinsop.

pg 752I wish I had now had a trifle to send to my God-daughter, but I have nothing—so she must accept my good-will, which is accompanied with a hearty blessing.

How delighted you will all be to see Thomas and Mary!1 I must not tire you with sending a long letter, and will therefore conclude with love to your Mother, George, Elizabeth, and Mary Monkhouse.

Do not forget that Elizabeth has a God-mother at Rydal Mount, who loves you much, and will always be glad to hear that you are a good Girl. I wish you all, young and old, a merry Christmas and a happy new year, and am your affectionate Friend

D. Wordsworth   

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Editor’s Note
1 Youngest daughter of Thomas and Mary Hutchinson.
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2 Elizabeth Cookson, daughter of the late Thomas Cookson.
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4 A cousin.
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5 Probably servants at Brinsop.
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1 Sara's elder brother (now at St. John's College, Cambridge) and her elder sister.
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