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)
510. W. W. to VISCOUNT LOWTHER
- Address: The Lord Viscount Lowther, Lowther Castle.
- Stamp: Kendal Penny Post.
- MS. Lonsdale MSS., Record Office, The Castle, Carlisle.
- K (—). MY ii. 610, p. 827 (—).
- Rydale Mount
- October 6th 1818
My dear Lord Lowther,
I have to thank you for yours of the 28th Septbr yesterday, also I had the pleasure of receiving the letter to Sir Wm Scott in reply to B's to Sir S.R.3 The St Bee's case is treated at length; and in such manner that Extracts might, I think, be advantageously inserted in the Westnd Gazette—the other Paper having already laid before its readers the Charges upon this subject.4 As I have said before, I pg 489do not think it politic to put accusations and charges in the way of those of our Friends who might never otherwise have heard of them merely because one is able to shew that they are either groundless or the facts grossly misrepresented; but unfortunately our Adversaries take care to disperse among the Yellows such numbers of the Kendal Chronicle, as they hope will best answer their purpose. At least such is their practise in respect to this neighbourhood; for I have ascertained, that the Paper containing that infamous letter signed, Birch,1 has been sent to different persons of the Lowther Party.—This is a vile course. Two rules we ought to lay down; never to retort by attacking private character; and never to notice the particulars of a personal calumny; or any allegation of a personal nature proceeding from an anonymous quarter. We ought to content ourselves with protesting in the strongest terms against the practise, and pointing it out to indignation and contempt. What the Editor of the Gazette said in his last number upon this subject was not quite what I wished and we agreed upon,2 but I hope it would do no harm.—There appear to be two weak points in the St Bees case; 1st a Trustee is Tenant of a Trust Estate; and 2ndly, a benefit might be derived from the Lease, by the power it gives of excluding others, though it might not be for the interest of the Party to work in the ground, himself. I mean to go over to Lowther shortly, when I shall probably see Dr Satterthwaite—in the meanwhile, use may be made of the Letter to Sir Wm Scott, and I shall take it to De Quincey, today.—
pg 490As to the enlarging of my District1 in which you are so good as to take interest, it is of no consequence, except in connection with the age of Mr Ramshay and the precarious state of his health. Should his death take place, and the enlargement not be made then, it would be unpleasant that it should happen afterwards at the expense of his Successor, unless he entered upon his office prepared for such a diminution of his prospects.—
I have lately had some disagreeable correspondence with the Board of Stamps, upon a representation from the Treasury respecting certain arrears in my Account,—unavoidable from the nature of our Currency, which, about Penrith and Appleby, particularly, consists almost exclusively of Scotch Notes for which no Banker will give Bills at less than six weeks or two months Rate. This I have frequently explained to the Commissioners; and have been much plagued about it; for the case admits of no remedy; for they cannot be unreasonable as to expect that I should be the loser by discounting these Bills.
- Ever Faithfully yours
- W. Wordsworth
Mr Gee was highly gratified with his Sport, and his reception at Lowther Castle.—He is gone to try his fortune again, at Ravenstondale, taking with him Mr Monkhouse, a Relation of Mrs Wordsworth, and a particular friend of mine. Mr Monkhouse will be here, I hope, when you come. I have seen a good deal lately of Mr Stanley2 of Ponsonby; he improves upon familiar acquaintance.