William Wordsworth, Dorothy Wordsworth

The Letters of William and Dorothy Wordsworth, Vol. 6: The Later Years: Part III: 1835–1839 (Second Revised Edition)

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1003. W. W. to JAMES SPEDDING3

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  • T. J. Wise, Two Lake Poets. A Catalogue of Printed Books, Manuscripts, and Autograph Letters by W. W. and S. T. C., 1927, p. 28. LY ii. 796.

[Rydal Mount 28th April 1836]

… The Monody upon C. Lamb was given to my friend Serjeaunt Talfourd, Lamb's Exr, to be published with his Life, pg 210Letters, etc. Moxon, with my permission, struck off a few copies for private circulation, one of which for yourself and another for Mr Taylor, if he wishes for it, it would give me great pleasure you should have.

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3 James Spedding (1808–81), third son of John Spedding of Mirehouse, intimate friend of Henry Taylor and Tennyson, and one of the original Cambridge 'Apostles', had first met W. W. in Dec. 1830 while he was an undergraduate at Trinity (see pt. ii, L. 582), along with J. W. Blakeley, Henry Alford and William Henry Brookfield. In 1835 he had been appointed to a temporary post at the Colonial Office, but he gave it up in 1841 in order to devote the rest of his life to the study of Bacon, publishing the Works, 7 vols., 1857–9, and the Letters and Life, 7 vols., 1861–74. In 1847, when James Stephen retired from the Under-Secretaryship of the Colonies, Spedding was offered the post, but declined it; he also decline to succeed Charles Kingsley in the Chair of Modern History at Cambridge.
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