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Ernest De Selincourt and Mary Moorman (eds), The Letters of William and Dorothy Wordsworth, Vol. 2: The Middle Years: Part I: 1806–1811 (Second Revised Edition)

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190. W. W. to R. W.

  • Address: Richard Wordsworth Esq., Sockbridge.
  • MS. WL. Hitherto unpublished.

[no date, but must be late April or early May 1810.]

My dear Brother,

I have received instructions about Algernon1 and he will be welltaken care of. I am very happy to hear that you are so well——As you talk only of staying a month, and do not make mention of coming hither I am afraid we shall not see you.—This will give me concern—for it hurts me that you should have so little knowledge of my family; life is very uncertain for us all; and should I be cut off I could not but think with pain that those I should leave behind me, have [se]en so little of you or you of them.—But enough of this—I should have come over wi[th] your servant—but Mary expects every [clay] to be confined—and therefore it is impossible [that] I can quit home till that eve[nt]2.      .      .      . who had suffered it to stuff its stomach with an immense quantity pg 403of raw carrots, before breakfast. The Child is however mending apace. Dorothy will be very sorry that she cannot come over; I say will be for I have not yet seen her. She quite longs to see you. I shall come over as soon as ever Mary is evidently doing well.—Your affectionate Brother

W. Wordsworth.    

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Editor’s Note
1 i.e. Algernon Montagu, Basil Montagu's second son, who, as we are informed in Letter 195, had come to Ambleside to board at Mr. Dawes's school where Coleridge's sons were also pupils.
Editor’s Note
2 The last two or three lines of the first sheet of this letter have been torn away.
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