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 8572063. W. W. to JOHN THORNTON1

  • MS. Lady Thornton. Hitherto unpublished.

  • Brigham
  • near Cockermouth
  • 21st September 1847.

My dear Sir,

I take the liberty of writing to you in consequence of having heard from my Son that the Collection of the Coach and Railway duties is to be transferred from his Office to that of the Excise, by which arrangement his Income from the Stamp Office will be reduced to the amount of between £100 and £120 per annum.

Bearing in mind the expenses incident to the performance of his duty, viz Office-rent, Clerk's salary (which is considerable) Stationery2 etc etc, taken from a moderate Income I cannot but feel a strong wish to know that some compensation is intended; or if not, allow me to ask your friendly advice as to what steps he might take without impropriety to represent his case to the Board, or to the Government, with a view to some remuneration.

I cannot forbear mentioning to you and Mrs Thornton, who have had like trials to undergo, that I and my wife are under much affliction from the recent decease of our only Daughter, who was to us everything that a Parent could wish—

Mrs Wordsworth unites with me in kind remembrances to yourself and Mrs Thornton. Believe me to remain, my dear Sir, faithfully

  • your much obliged    
  • Wm Wordsworth

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Editor’s Note
1 The Commissioner of Stamps (see pt. ii, L. 780).
Editor’s Note
2 Written Stationary.
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