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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1620. W. W. to GEORGE WASHINGTON DOANE4

  • MS. untraced.
  • The Dial, iii (July 1842), 133. LY iii. 1133.

[c. May 1842]

… The proceedings of some of the States in your country, in money concerns, and the shock which is given to the credit of pg 341the State of Pennsylvania, have caused much trouble under our roof, by the injury done to some of my most valuable connexions and friends. I am not personally and directly a sufferer; but my brother, if the State of Pennsylvania should fail to fulfil its engagements, would lose almost all the little savings of his long and generous life. My daughter, through the perfidy of the State of Mississippi, has forfeited a sum, though but small in itself, large for her means; a great portion of my most valued friends have to lament their misplaced confidence. Topics of this kind are not pleasant to dwell upon, but the more extensively the injury is made known, the more likely is it, that where any remains of integrity, honor, or even common humanity exist, efforts will be made to set and keep things right….

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Editor’s Note
4 Bishop of New Jersey. This letter was printed under 'literary intelligence' in the Boston periodical The Dial, after a brief notice of W. W.'s latest volume. The editor was Margaret Fuller (see L. 2000 below), who was later succeeded by Emerson. Doane incurred the censure of the Rydal Mount household later this summer by publishing an account of his interviews with W. W. in an American newspaper 'in as indelicate a way as the veryest Yankee could have done', as M. W. remarked to I. F. (see MW, p. 262 and Morley, i. 468).
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