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 3301612. W. W. to C. W.

  • MS. Mr. Jonathan Wordsworth. Hitherto unpublished.

  • no 7. Upper
  • Spring Street
  • Baker St London1
  • May 6th [1842]

My dear Brother,

Here we are, with Mr Quillinan and Dora; Having arrived; Mary, Wm, and I, on Wednesday evening; all well, except that I am hampered in my movements upon the pavement of these streets by a lameness in one of my knees, the consequence of a slight sprain acting upon the frame of a Man in his 73d year. Dora is looking very thin, and suffers much from her Stomach, not having any faith in Medicine which has so often failed to do her good. We left our dear Sister in her usual way, and Miss Fenwick also pretty well; She brought us as far as Milnthorp, and is so kind as to act as Housekeeper in our absence.

Our main inducement to this journey, was the hope of serving Wm, it having been intimated to Me, that applications to Government are of no use, unless one can point out some particular employment, vacant or likely to be so, which the Party one sues for is Competent to undertake. I shall proceed in the matter with the advice of Lord Lowther.2 Yesterday I dined with Lord Lonsdale, but I am advised not to mention my object to him on account of his advanced age and infirmities. Should we succeed in our object, our stay in London would be very short, as it is, we should remain as long as we can hope to do any good in the matter.

pg 331Be so good as to return Mr Reed's Letter1 to me at this place; I wish to shew it to one or two London Friends.

I hope you have received my new Vol, it has been forwarded from the Publisher, but how I dont exactly know.

William begs me to say that he is hurt, by finding that Captn Stuart2 has intruded on you on the strength of being at the same House in the Charter-House when he was there. And Wm much regrets that this Gentleman should have turned to such an account, his former slight acquaintance with him. But distress is too apt to force Persons to make unwarrantable applications. I remain, with best love from all, ever your affectionate Br

Wm Wordsworth

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Editor’s Note
1 This line of the address written in by Dora Q.
Editor’s Note
2 Lord Lowther, Postmaster General in the new Tory Government, wrote to W. W. the following day, arranging to see him at Carlton Terrace on the 9th. He recalled that the previous Tory government of Peel had offered W. W. a pension, but had gone out before arrangements could be completed. 'It seems to me, that the simplest way would be to accept the pension and place your son in the office you now hold.' Following their meeting, he wrote again on the 14th that if W. W. was prepared to set out in detail what he would like to see done, Lord Lonsdale would ensure that it was forwarded with a covering letter to Peel. 'Your character is so well known to him, and as I believe, he is well disposed to you, that I should hope, it will be attended with a favorable result.' (WL MSS.)
Editor’s Note
2 Probably Henry Stuart (1808–1880), of Montford, Isle of Bute, nephew of the 1st Marquess of Bute, who entered Charterhouse in 1821, the year before W. W. jnr. left.
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