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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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1117. W. W. to H. C. R.

  • Address: H. C. Robinson Esqre, 2 Plowdens Buildgs, Temple.
  • Postmark: 18 Feb.
  • Stamp: Kendal Penny Post.
  • Endorsed: Feb: 1837, Wordsworth Autograph.
  • MS. Dr. Williams's Library.
  • Morley. i. 338.

[c. 17 Feb. 1837]

My dear Friend,

The Epidemic has seized Dora, and she has been 4 days confined to her bed, and is very weak. I write this from fears that our setting off may be retarded by it. Mrs Wordsworth and I are yet untouched by the disease; but two of our servants have had it, one of whom is still in bed. My Sister keeps clear and is as well as usual. I will let you know in1 this same channel how we go on. Mrs Wordsworth['s] Brother Mr Thomas Hutchinson (of Brinsop) has just had a fearful accident.2 His Horse fell with him; and the spinal marrow has been much injured in consequence, so that the use of his limbs was taken away. We hope he is doing as well as can be expected after so dreadful a shock.

  • Ever faithfully yours      
  • Wm Wordsworth    

Perhaps you have not been told that Dora is intended to be her Father's fellow traveller as far as Leamington.3

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Editor’s Note
1 through written in above.
Editor’s Note
2 See MW, pp. 154–5.
Editor’s Note
3 Where Mrs. Hook was living.
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