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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2099. W. W. to CHARLES GRAY2

  • Address: Capt Charles Gray RM.
  • MS. National Library of Scotland. Hitherto unpublished.

16th March 1849

Dear Sir,

Pray accept my thanks for your Tribute to the memory of Burns.3

Your verses are animated by a right feeling of the subject, and in my judgement they do their author no little credit.

I am old enough, had accidents favored, to have known Burns; but it was not my fortune ever to have seen him, which I cannot but regret, as I was old enough some years before he died, to have had a lively sympathy with his extraordinary genius.

pg 893Believe me to be with good wishes for your health and happiness,

  • your obliged    
  • Wm Wordsworth

PS. I write from my Son's House Carlisle.

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Editor’s Note
2 Charles Gray (1782–1851), Captain in the Royal Marines, Scottish poet and song-writer: at this time living in retirement in Edinburgh.
Editor’s Note
3 'Sketches of Scottish Poets: Burns', Lays and Lyrics, 1841, p. 98.
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