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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1601. W. W. to JOHN HUDSON

  • MS. WL. Hitherto unpublished.

[early Apr. 1842]

Dear Sir,

I am sorry to say that your letter and proof arrived together with several other communications and putting yours aside I entirely forgot it till this morning. I wrote to Prof. Sedgwick1 in answer to a Letter from him, pressing him to prepare the essay as soon as he could; which I have no doubt he will do.—Any thing I have to say, had better be reserved for a brief advertisement. I am truly sorry to have disdained your proof as mentioned; but will take care the like shall not occur in future. The introduction2 is well planned and I wish you success in the [Ponerous]3 undertaking.

  • ever yours      
  • W Wordsworth

Mr Hill my neighbour tells me that the Botany in Otley4 is not arranged scientifically. Would Mr Gough5 be so kind as to pg 318do it for us; pray ask him, joining my request with your own. It would be a decided advantage to have this done.—

W W.

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Editor’s Note
2 Hudson's introduction to the new expanded Complete Guide to the Lakes discussed the best time of year for visiting the Lake country and the frame of mind in which the tourist should set out.
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3 MS. obscure.
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4 Jonathan Otley (1766–1856) the geologist, was born at Loughrigg, but moved to Keswick in 1797 and settled nearby at Brow Top, earning his living as a watchmaker, surveyor and guide. He was buried in Crosthwaite churchyard. His first map of the Lakes appeared in 1818, his popular Guide in 1823 (7th edn. 1842). See David Leitch, A Memoir of Jonathan Otley, written (1857) as a preface to the posthumous edition of the Guide and reprinted (1882) in Leitch's memory by his daughter.
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