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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  • MS. Berg Collection, New York Public Library. Hitherto unpublished.

  • Rydal Mount
  • Janry 2nd—46.

My dear Friend,

Our poor John has been driven to Rome by the distressing intelligence that he has received of the death of his youngest Son2 (one of the noblest Boys both in mind and body I ever saw) and the sickness of two other of his children, and the consequent exhaustion of his afflicted wife. He passed through Rydal on New Year's day in so distracted a State of mind, as appears from a Letter which he left, rather than have to contend with any objections which he feared we might urge to detain him. In his Letter are these words, 'I leave you dear Father, to make my peace with the Bp of Carlisle through Dr Jackson's kind consideration of my Sufferings. I believe my original Licence of pg 742non-residence does not expire till the end of Janry. The Bp, I fear, is not in a state of health to attend to such matters for I hear he has had a Relapse—I have engaged the Revd J. Gilbanks,1 who his Father tells me came with a high character from his last Curacy, and is a Favorite with the Bp of Carlisle, a break certainly will not be later than the first Sunday in Janry.' Thus far John, I hope they will all come earlier if the season should allow his wife to be removed, at all events he is determined to bring the children home. Mrs Jackson, who I hope continues to gain ground, will sympathize with our distress. Excuse my saying more at this time, and believe me

  • very faithfully yours    
  • Wm Wordsworth

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Editor’s Note
2 See previous letter.
Editor’s Note
1 The Revd. Jackson Gilbanks (b. 1819), educated at Sedbergh and St. John's College, Cambridge: sometime curate of Gilsland, Cumb., but later resided at Whitefield House, nr. Bassenthwaite.
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