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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. Princeton University Library. Hitherto unpublished.

Novr 21st [1847]2


Had I offered myself as a Candidate for the office of Lord Rector of the antient University of Glasgow, it might have been pg 859incumbent upon me to give a direct answer to the Queries put in your Letter received yesterday; but not wishing, on account of my advanced age for such high honor that would impose duties upon me which it might be inconvenient to fulfil I need only refer you for a knowledge of my opinions and principles to writings which have long been before the Public, specially to the Series of Ecclesiastical Sonnets—

I have the honor to be sincerely yours

William Wordsworth

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Editor’s Note
2 Year added in another hand. For the Rectorial Election at Glasgow, see L. 2015 above. W. W.'s correspondent here seems to have sought out his views on Church and State, particularly perhaps in relation to the patronage question which had agitated the Established Church of Scotland and led to the Disruption four years previously.
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