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William Wordsworth, Dorothy Wordsworth

The Letters of William and Dorothy Wordsworth, Vol. 5: The Later Years: Part II: 1829–1834 (Second Revised Edition)

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pg 376603. W. W. to SAMUEL ROGERS

  • Address: Samuel Rogers Esqr, St James's Place.
  • MS. Mr. Basil Cottle.
  • Basil Cottle, 'Wordsworth and His Portraits', NQ ccxviii (Aug. 1973), 286–6.

Tuesday Noon. [19 Apr. 1831]

My dear Friend

With a thousand good wishes for your speedy recovery I take my departure this day.

Mr Boxall1 the Painter would be proud and happy to make your acquaintance. I know him to be a most amiable Man, as he is a very promising Artist. I should have requested permission to introduce him personally, but this cannot be, and I have to request that if he should call at your Door, you would receive him as cordially as you are accustomed to do my Friends.

My Sister never writes without sending her love to you and Miss Rogers; to whom also I beg my farewell remembrances.

  • Ever my dear Friend     
  • most faithfully yours     
  • W Wordsworth  

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Editor’s Note
1 William, later Sir William, Boxall, R.A. (1800–79), painter, who specialized in portraits: Director of the National Gallery, 1865–74. The Boxall portrait was, as E. Q. wrote to Dora W., 'perhaps not the most striking likeness in the world, but it is a likeness, thoughtful and poet-like'. (WL MSS.) See Blanchard, Portraits of Wordsworth, pp. 70–1, 154–5. The portrait seems to have been finished before 6 Apr., on which date, according to E. Q.'s MS. Diary (WL MSS.), Macdonald the sculptor, Allan Cunningham, and Boxall dined with W. W. and E. Q. Just before this, on 30 Mar., W. W. had sat to Wilkin (see L. 639 below).
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