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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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  • Address: Lord Viscount Lowther.
  • MS. Lonsdale MSS., Record Office, The Castle, Carlisle. Hitherto unpublished.

[c. 14 Apr. 1818]

My dear Lord Lowther,

As Lord Lonsdale and yourself approve of the doctrines and Spirit of the Addresses, I will set them afloat in their present shape in such directions as seem most likely to make them serviceable; which need not prevent their being given piecemeal according to the plan recommended by you, in the Carlisle Patriot.3

The notes upon Brougham's Speech, I have not seen, unless they be those from the pen of Mr De Quincey of Grasmere, which, in your hurry, you may have forgotten that we read together at Kendal,—and that a passage was interwoven by me, at that time. It related to facts.4

Nothing material has lately occurred in this neighbourhood. I hear from Kendal that Brougham has hurt himself in several quarters, by the violence and jacobinical character of his late Speeches in Westmorland.

Calvert5 thinks that they will not be able to carry on the Election for want of money. I did not hear this opinion from himself, but from good authority. He is likely to know what is the state of their funds.

The delay of the new Kendal Paper,6 is much to be regretted.

pg 465Your Lordship's intention about the allowance for the Princes1 is very prudent. It seems impolitic in the Ministers to bring things of this sort forward, on the Eve of a general Election.

James Brougham is expected in this neighbourhood, on Monday next. I have written to Col. Lowther, urging him to come among us as soon as possible.

  • I have the honor to be      
  • my dear Lord Lowther   
  • very faithfully yours   
  • W. Wordsworth.    

Be so good as to cast your eye over the Enclosed to Mr Wilkin.2

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Editor’s Note
3 This plan was never carried out.
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5 William Calvert of Greta Bank, Keswick.
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6 The Westmorland Gazette was still held up for want of a suitable editor. On 14 Apr. De Quincey solicited W. W.'s support in obtaining this post. See Jordan, p. 319.
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1 On 13 Apr. the Prince Regent had sent a message to both Houses of Parliament informing them of the impending marriages of the Dukes of Clarence and Cambridge, and requesting that a suitable provision should be set aside for them. The whole question of royal allowances was thereafter a matter of controversy both inside and outside Parliament.
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2 John Wilkin (or 'Mr. Pensioner Wilkin' as he was called in the Kendal Chronicle for 4 Apr.) was an official from the Tax Office in London who was brought in by the Lowthers to help with their canvass and advise on Land Tax Assessments. He apparently owed several other places under Government to Lowther influence, and was perhaps a younger relative of W. W.'s predecessor as Distributor of Stamps.
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