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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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pg 487508. W. W. to LORD LONSDALE

  • MS. Lonsdale MSS., Record Office, The Castle, Carlisle. Hitherto unpublished.

  • Rydale Mount
  • [c. 25] Septbr 1818

My Lord,

Mr Scambler, our Apothecary, reports to me that the Blues are active, in taking steps to encrease the number of Freeholders in their interest; and has stated to me his own earnest wish to be possessed of a Freehold, either by purchase or enfranchisement. He has a respectable customary property at Ambleside and in the neighbourhood, any part of which he would be glad to enfranchise (for the purpose of so far counteracting their plans); if it suited your Lordship's arrangements. I know him to be strongly attached to your cause, and could recommend him as confidently as any person whom I know, for a Man to be depended upon. If your Lordship thinks proper to enfranchise any part of his property, be so good as to let me know, and Mr Scambler may then communicate with Mr Lumb upon the subject.1

Lord Lowther was so kind as to send me Mr B's Letter to Sir S.R.2 It is in the same spirit as all that comes from him, and Lord L. says will be triumphantly refuted, and the author treated as he deserves. The Morning Chronicle is very angry with what was said at the Appleby dinner.3 They dread our acting upon the offensive—and surely the forbearance of the Lowther Party has been unexampled.

  • With the highest respect      
  • I have the honor to be       
  • My Lord               
  • most faithfully your Lordship's   
  • Wm Wordsworth          

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Editor’s Note
1 Richard Scambler succeeded in enfranchising his property and duly voted or the Lowthers in the 1820 election.
Editor’s Note
2 Sir Samuel Romilly. See previous letter.
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