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Ernest De Selincourt, Alan G. Hill, and Mary Moorman (eds), The Letters of William and Dorothy Wordsworth, Vol. 3: The Middle Years: Part II: 1812–1820 (Second Revised Edition)

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373. W. W. to C. W.

  • Address: Revd Dr. Wordsworth, Deanery, Bocking, Essex.
  • Postmark: 16 Oct 1815.
  • Stamp: Kendal.
  • MS. Jonathan Wordsworth.
  • TLS, 12 June 1959.

Friday Night, Kendal

[13 October 1815]

My dear Brother,

I am just returned home, after accompanying Charles and Sophia to Manchester, where we arrived last night. I saw them into the Birmingham Mail; Mrs Lloyd will no Doubt give you an account

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by B. R. Haydon, 1815, in the National Portrait Gallery

pg IN2 pg 251of [the] journey [and] the state of her Husband's health—after his arrival at Birmingham whither it was absolutely necessary that he should go.

Your Letter my dear Brother affected us all deeply; we received it on Wednesday night; and I have not since had time to sit down and write to you, as I could wish; scarcely have I had ten minutes that I could call my own—Dorothy is at Brathay with the Children,1 but I left her most anxious to contribute to your present support. Let us hear from you immediately; and who you have with you; some female friend I trust. If you wish that Dorothy should come to Bocking she will do so, as soon as you desire—Heaven preserve you, and what remains to you on earth of yours: for her who is gone2 she is among the blessed—farewell, our prayers shall not be wanting on your behalf—for myself as a Husband I feel for you to the utmost—I would write more could I suggest any consolation; I only can assure you, of what you well know, our heart-felt sympathy and our wish to relieve you, in any way you can point out—

  • Your ever affectionate Brother—    
  • Wm Wordsworth  

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Editor’s Note
1 The Lloyds had at this time eight children, whom D. W. had gone to look after at Low Brathay, when their father Charles Lloyd was taken to Birmingham suffering from insanity. See L. 374 below.
Editor’s Note
2 i.e. Priscilla W., sister of Charles Lloyd. She died after the birth of her fourth child. See L. 374 below.
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