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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: The Revd Francis Wrangham, Hunmanby, Bridlington, Yorkshire.
  • MS. Henry Huntington Library.
  • K (—). MY ii. 499, p. 593.

  • Rydal Mount Ap. 26 [1814]
  • Nr Kendal

My dear Wrangham,

I trouble you with this in behalf of a very deserving young Clergyman of the name of Jameson,2 who is just gone from this neighbourhood to a Curacy at Shirborne in the neighbourhood of Ferry Bridge. He has a Mother and a younger Brother dependant upon his exertions; and it is his wish to take pupils in order to encrease his income, which, as a Curate, you know cannot but be small.—He is an excellent young Man, a good Scholar, and likely to become much pg 144better, for he is extremely industrious. Among his talents, I must mention that for drawing; in which he is a proficient having at one time designed himself for that profession.—Now my wish is, that if it fall in your way you would voutchsafe him your patronage, and notice.—You come to York upon occasions and if you could drop him a Line at such times he would reckon nothing of going over to wait upon you, were he at liberty.—He thinks of taking pupils at £50 per Ann. and if you could recommend any body to him, relying upon my judgement, I should take it as a great kindness done to my self: as I [am] much interested in his welfare and that of his Family.—Mr J—could have abundant favorable reports from references as to character competence &c, in this part of the Country. But he fears they would not turn to as much account, as a good Word from any distinguished Yorkshire Scholar; and in particular from yourself, who perhaps don't know how famous you are throughout the wide Region of your native County—not to allude to your Celebrity elsewhere. Of course you cannot speak for him directly till you have seen him; but might he be permitted to refer to you, you would have no objection to say, that you were as yet ignorant of his merits, as to your own knowledge; but that your esteemed friend Mr Wordsworth, that popular Poet, Stamp-Collector for Westmorland &c, had recommended him strenuously to you, as in all things deserving.—

I am busy with the Printers' Devils. A Portion of a long Poem1 from me will see the light ere long. I hope it will give you pleasure. It is serious, and has been written with great labour.—Are you likely to be in these parts, during the Summer. I hope so, but should be very sorry that you come dur[ing] my absence, which will be of some weeks. [I] mean to make a tour in Scotland with Mrs W. and her sister Miss Hutchinson. I congratulate you on the overthrow of the execrable Despot:2 and the complete triumph of the War-faction of which noble body I had the honour to be as active a Member as my abilities and industry would allow. Best remembrances to yourself and to Mrs Wrangham, and believe me,

  • Affectionately yours       
  • W Wordsworth   

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Editor’s Note
2 Thomas Jameson of Ambleside, younger brother of Robert Jameson, whose wife Anna Brownell was a writer on European art. His youngest brother Joseph, here mentioned, was ordained in 1817 and in 1821 became a minor canon of Ripon Minster, where he remained until his death in 1875. There is a large stained-glass window in the Minster to his memory. For the Jamesons, see L. 156, pt. i, p. 331, n. 1. See also L. 351, p. 209 below.
Editor’s Note
1 i.e. The Excursion, being a Portion of The Recluse, A Poem.
Editor’s Note
2 Napoleon's defeat at Leipzig in 1813 was followed by his abdication and exile to Elba.
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