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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  • MS. British Library. Hitherto unpublished.

  • [Bath]
  • [early Apr. 1839]

My dear Nephew,

Your Aunt and I were much mortified upon learning from Wm that you were in Birmingham the other day when we were obliged to pass through it without stopping a minute.

I now trouble you with this, to mention that Moxon wishes to put to Press immediately a new Edition of the Excursion,3 and he requests, knowing how much more accurate you are than I could be were my eyes as good as they ever were, that if your health and leisure allow, you would be so kind as to correct this Edition in its progress through the Press. I could contrive that the Sheets should pass and repass, between You and the Printer, free of Postage. As soon as I shall have communicated pg 676with Dora, in order that I may ascertain if there be any emendations in my copy at Rydal, and I have told you the Result, the Printing might begin. Mr Moxon would send you a copy of the last Edition from London.

Pray thank your Father for his kind Letter to me some time since,—and say that we accept with pleasure his invitation to visit him at Cambridge, provided it would be convenient for him to receive us, upon our journey towards Westmorland, which will not take place till about the beginning of June. We find that less than a month from our first arrival will not suffice for this place, which must curtail our visit to London a good deal.

They are going on well at Rydal, where Dora is Housekeeper, and she tells us that her health is improved—Your Aunt is much the same.

[cetera desunt]

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Editor’s Note
2 C. W.'s son.
Editor’s Note
3 The new edition of the Excursion did not appear until 1841.
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