William Wordsworth, Dorothy Wordsworth

The Letters of William and Dorothy Wordsworth, Vol. 7: The Later Years: Part IV: 1840–1853 (Second Revised Edition)

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1371. W. W. to THOMAS POWELL

  • MS. St. John's College, Cambridge.
  • LY ii. 1001.

[early Feb. 1840]4

… but you are quite welcome to the Prioress's Tale, Cuckoo and Nightingale, and the passage from the Troilus and Cressida. When you see Miss Gillies pray tell her that she is remembered in this house with much pleasure and great affection, and a pg 15hundred good wishes for her success. Her picture1 just arrived, appears to be much approved; but of course as to the degree of likeness in each there is great diversity of opinion. How mortifying in this respect would be the Profession of a Portrait- Painter if the Artist did not rise above the common region of inexperienced judgement. Pray let me hear from you at your leisure. With best remembrances to Mrs Powell and yourself and kind regards to your Brother believe me faithfully yours

Wm Wordsworth

My eyes are in their better way, but alas they allow me to read very little. The general health of us all is good, thank God.

The non-arrival of Miss Roughsedge's portrait2 was a great disappointment.

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Editor’s Note
4 Written, as de Selincourt notes, soon after L. 1368, when W. W. had found the mislaid passage from Troilus and Cresida, and after Miss Gillies had left Rydal.
Editor’s Note
1 Probably Miss Gillies's miniature of W. W. and M. W., in which she combined the two separate portraits taken earlier. See L. 1376 below and Blanshard, Portraits of Wordsworth, p. 164.
Editor’s Note
2 Probably a portrait by Miss Gillies of the daughter of W. W.'s neighbour and friend Mr. Roughsedge of Fox Ghyll.
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