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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pg 6211265. W. W. to EDWARD MOXON

  • MS. Henry E. Huntington Library.
  • K (—). LY ii. 953.

  • Rydal Mount
  • July 28th [1838]

My dear Mr Moxon,

I have been wandering for more than a month in the Counties of Durham and Northumberland, and am now fixed at home for I trust, a long time.—

The parcel of Books arrived during my absence, and I have not yet had time to do more than glance at it.—Mrs W. begs me to thank you which I do also, on my own part, for your kindness to my Son,1 who, we are most happy to learn, is shaking off the sad effects of his Fever.

He tells me you say the Sonnets and poems are doing well. I have not heard a word about them from any other quarter.—It was well that a few new Sonnets were added, as I find them serve well as an advertisement in the provincial papers, which extract some one or other of these or more as may suit the Editor's fancy. The Examiner drolly enough says that a Sonnet on the Ballot, his favorite Hobby, damns the Volume. By the Bye, pray procure from Mr Bradbury the clean sheets that succeed page 432; otherwise those we have up to that Page will be useless; and I should be sorry to lose the Copy. They can be sent with any Parcel which you may have to forward in future, only let them be procured and kept for that Purpose. Is it true that you are going as far as Italy. Mr Robinson will give you all the directions you can possibly want.

With kindest regards to Mrs Moxon, yourself, and Sister and Brother, I remain dear Mr Moxon

  • faithfully yours          
  • Wm Wordsworth   

[M. W. writes]

Pray fill up the address to Haydon and send it to the 2d P. Office. This shocking paper Mr W. always lay[s] hold of, when left to himself, does not at all suit his penmanship. Many many thanks for your Kindness to my Son. Be so good as send a pg 622copy of the sonnets to 'Master Herbert Coleridge1 from Dora Wordsworth' and put another copy inside for Mr Quillinan when he calls for it. Kind regards to Mrs M. and loving hopes and wishes to yr children. Yr copies of the poems will be returned properly inscribed by the first safe opportunity.

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Editor’s Note
1 John W., who had been in London.
Editor’s Note
1 The eight-year-old son of Sara and Henry Nelson Coleridge.
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