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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1236. W. W. to Viscount Mahon1

  • Endorsed: May 1. 1838
  • MS. Stanhope MSS., Chevening. Hitherto unpublished.

[30 Apr. 1838]

My dear Lord,

Do not deem it an intrusion if I thank you for your speech upon the copyright Bill. I present my acknowledgements for your flattering introduction of my name and writings.2 I was assured you would support us, or I should have taken the liberty of writing to you some time since, as I did to several members of whose opinions or zeal I could not be confident.

I see that a Mr Walker3 has given notice of a motion to oppose the Bill being considered in a Committee, and no doubt the enemies to it, will do their worst. But let us not slacken but rather quicken our exertions and a cause so just must triumph.

Perhaps you may be able to find a leisure moment for looking over the accompanying paper, in which a few facts are stated. It explains itself—only I ought to say that it is from my own pen.

  • I have the honor to be faithfully          
  • my dear Lord        
  • your obliged Servnt      
  • Wm Wordsworth  

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Editor’s Note
1 See L. 1047 above. He replied on 2 May (Cornell MSS.), promising continued support for the Bill.
Editor’s Note
2 Lord Mahon does not appear to have mentioned W. W. by name in the debate, but several other speakers did. For example, Sir Robert Inglis asked, 'Was it just that the families of such men as Wordsworth, and Scott, and Coleridge, and Southey, were to be deprived of the property created by the minds of their illustrious progenitors, in order to enrich the families of John Murray and Thomas Longman?' Inglis wrote to W. W. on 26 Apr. that, 'The reception given to the mention of your name was very gratifying.' (Cornell MSS.)
Editor’s Note
3 i.e. Thomas Wakley. See previous letter.
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