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Ernest De Selincourt and Alan G. Hill (eds), The Letters of William and Dorothy Wordsworth, Vol. 4: The Later Years: Part I: 1821–1828 (Second Revised Edition)

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215. W. W. to ALARIC WATTS

  • MS. Cornell.1
  • LY i. 240.

[In M. W.'s hand]

Janry 19 1826

My dear Sir,

In consequence of a Paragraph I have just read in the New Times the object of which is to correct some exaggerations, real or supposed, that had appeard in The Times—respecting certain acknowledged difficulties of the firm of Hurst and Robinson,2 pg 425I beg you would not proceed in going to the Press with the volume which I sent to Manchester by my Son yesterday to be delivered thro' Miss J.1 to yourself. I do not know how far any thing that has yet past is binding in law or honour under the present change of circumstances, nor perhaps is it worth while to advert to this—it would be no satisfaction to me to accept the guarantee you so generously offered. My wish is that the business should be suspended till we see our way more clearly—and pray let me hear from you by return of post. Most likely the House in the present juncture would be glad to suspend the bargain—at least.

I remain my dear Sir your much obliged

  • Friend and Svt            
  • [signed] Wm Wordsworth  

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Editor’s Note
1 Xerox of manuscript in Preussischen Staatsbibliothek, Berlin, destroyed during the Second World War.
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2 Hurst and Robinson were the London agents of Constable, Scott's Edinburgh publishers. The financial ruin of both houses, and of Scott along with them, was now impending. See Journal of Sir Walter Scott, ed. W. E. K. Anderson, 1972, pp. 38ff. In answer to the anxieties expressed in M. W.'s letter of 27 Dec., Watts had written to W. W. on the 30th: 'I made before I left town a final arrangement on your behalf with Messrs Hurst and Robinson and have not the slightest reason for supposing that they wish one jot of it to be altered … ' (WL MSS.)
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1 Jewsbury.
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