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 4651724. W. W. to [?] ROBERT CHAMBERS1

  • MS. Cornell. Hitherto unpublished.

  • Rydal Mount
  • 4th Augst
  • 1843

Dear Sir

Absence from home prevented my receiving your Letter as soon as I should otherwise have done. I now write to assure you that you are quite at Liberty to take such Extracts from my Poems as may best suit your purpose; only as Mr Moxon 44 Dover Street my Publisher has a joint pecuniary interest in the Work it will be proper to ask his consent, informing him that I have given mine.

  • I have the honor to be                  
  • dear Sir            
  • sincerely yours      
  • William Wordsworth

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Editor’s Note
1 Robert Chambers (1802–71), the Edinburgh publisher and author of Vestiges of the Natural History of Creation (1844), was preparing his Cyclopaedia of English Literature, 2 vols., 1844, and approached W. W. at this time asking for permission to publish extracts from his works (see Merriam, Edward Moxon Publisher of Poets, p. 104). His selection (ii. 322–33) was quite extensive, and included Tintern Abbey, Ruth, Laodamia, and passages from The Excursion, as well as several sonnets and other short pieces. But see also Ls. 1763 and 1795 below where W. W. implies that he had no direct contact with Chambers.
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