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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1345. W. W. to THOMAS POWELL

  • MS. Lilly Library, Indiana University, Hitherto unpublished.

Lowther Castle [13 Oct. 1839]

My dear Mr Powell,

I am embarrassed by your Letter just received, partly on account of the uncertainty of all that relates to the state of my eyes and partly upon conditional engagements.—Nevertheless if Miss Gillies1 could find compensation in the beauty of our Country, in case she should be disappointed in her main object, I would say that I should be glad to see her early in the week after next. Today is Sunday, the 13th I believe; so that it would be about the 21st when I hope I may be in a condition to sit; and I trust that no engagement will interfere at that time. I rejoice in the account you give of Mrs Powell and your little Boy. Trusting you are yourself well

  • I remain my dear Mr Powell        
  • faithfully yours      
  • W Wordsworth   

Should any thing contrary to my wish occur before the end of the coming week I shall take care to write. I return home on Wednesday next, I hope.

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Editor’s Note
1 Margaret Gillies (1803–87), an artist who specialized in water-colour miniatures on ivory, had requested a sitting from the poet through their mutual friend Thomas Powell, who wrote a letter of introduction on her behalf on 20 July (WL MSS.). She stayed at Rydal Mount for several weeks, painting M. W., Dora W., and I. F. as well as the poet. Her miniatures are now in Dove Cottage. See Blanchard, Portraits of Wordsworth, pp. 85–7, 163–5.
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