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 8722080. M. W. to H. C. R.

  • MS. Dr. Williams's Library.
  • Morley, ii. 700.

July 22nd [1848] Rydal Mt

My dear friend

Strong expressions are apt to alarm, or I should say that the report of your accident1 shocked us all very much, especially as you say your plan of life must be changed, 'You will not be able to continue your habit of taking long walks'—we fear, tho' this does not yet tell upon your general health—its effect will in time do so—and this does not make us exult with you in what you call 'The best part of the story' the getting forward with your reminiscences2—these I well know will be not only very entertaining and valuable—but I would rather that the work were left to other hands, than done at the expense of your being cut off from your pleasant ramblings, which have been such a gratification to yourself—and the source whence you have drawn such a pleasant portion of the mass from which the selections are to be made.

Your mention of this, your occupation, suggests to me that your letters in our possession might be of use, in which case, if you will say so, they shall be sent to you by any safe conveyance that may present itself—or, as you say, your plans for the summer are 'open to any rational proposal' why not come and fetch them, or select such as you thought proper during a friendly visit to us. I do not mean to interfere with the annual one which is our due.

Poor dear Mrs C.3 What a change from her steady hand—I return you the document that shows her heart and her interests are as lively and faithful as heretofore.

We have good chearful Mr Monkhouse4 with us, John left us this morning after a Clergyman's week's visit—his two younger sons have had a long holiday with us, and are still here and Mr Hill and one of his youngsters came to us this morng on their way to Warwick from Keswick—they will depart on Monday. Mr H. brings a good report of Cuth's5 progress with his Father's pg 873Biography (Letters) a volume of which he expects to send to Press almost immediately.

I am sorry for your acct of poor Miss Weston['s] inability, from lameness, to profit by the improvement of her health. I hope I may say that the health of William's precious wife is, for the present at least, more hopeful—They are now paying visits to friends of her's in Cheshire—and we hope to see them in the course of a fortnight. Mrs Davy thinks herself better—as for Mrs Fletcher she is off, unattended but by her two Grandaughters (Davys) gadding about in Yorkshire—Lady Richardson occupied at Lancrigg with her Family of Children—suffering from a Gum boil just at this time but happy in her Charge. The Cooksons all well. The Arnolds at Redcar a bathing place on the Yorkshire Coast, nr Gisbro where Mrs A. Twining had already joined her, when you wrote to me the message I was to deliver to her Mother—'that you had seen her daughter' who begins to smile again. This we were all glad to hear.

Mr Q. I am happy to tell you is better—and that my dear Husband, our Sister and myself are all perfectly well in health, and join most cordially in the hope that you may be out in your prophesy when you say you must no more indulge in long walks.

  • God bless you        
  • affly yours    
  • M. Wordsworth

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Editor’s Note
1 H. C. R. had slipped and strained his leg.
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2 Begun about three years earlier, and eventually carried to the close of 1843.
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3 Clarkson.
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4 John Monkhouse of the Stow.
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5 Cuthbert Southey. See also L. 1683 above.
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