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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pg 3291611. W. W. to C. W.

  • MS. Mr. Jonathan Wordsworth. Hitherto unpublished.

  • Sunday Morn.
  • [?24 Apr. 1842]

My dear Brother,

The enclosed I have just received from Mr Read of Philadelphia.1 He does not advert to one important point; the eagerness which obviously there is in a large portion of the American people to quarrel and go to war with England; in which case what would become of the English Coalition? and in case of the continuance of peace, if the American Democracies will not submit to the Taxation necessary to discharge the interest upon the Bonds, but that is to be paid by fresh Loans, it is clear that the Repudiation system has so shaken American credit, that no European nation will lend them money, and the Bubble must soon burst. Things being what they are, that is, the price so low, I think it would be folly to sell at such immense loss. I would very much rather trust to what there is of honesty among the people of Pennsylvania. Thank you for the Bentleys2 which I have just received from Moxon. Not knowing how to send my new Vol: to you, We directed Dora to manage how it was to reach you, as also a Copy for Charles, and one for Chris.—Some time ago after I received your last I wrote to Mr Watson upon the subject of Mr Lowther's Letter,3 addressing Mr W. as you directed. But as eleven several weeks after that Letter might perhaps not find him at Mrs Watsons;4 but I hope it would be forwarded—I have had no answer.

We start for London on the third of next month. My object is to endeavour to serve poor Wm who is languishing, poor Fellow! sadly at Carlisle.

I write in extreme haste to save the Post—

  • ever your affectionate Br      
  • Wm Wordsworth

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Editor’s Note
1 The main part of Henry Reed's letter of late March was sent to C. W. and has not survived. The postcript, dated 30 Mar. 1842 is printed in Wordsworth and Reed, p. 65.
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2 C. W. jnr.'s edition of The Correspondence of Richard Bentley, 2 vols., 1842.
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4 W. W.'s syntax is confused at this point. Joshua Watson's wife had died in 1831. The reference here is to his sister-in-law, the widow of his brother John James Watson (see pt. iii, L. 1048).
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