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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 579738. W. W. to ALEXANDER DYCE

  • Address: Revd Alexr Dyce, 9 Grays Inn Square.
  • Postmark: 12 Jan. 1833.
  • Stamp: Fleet St.
  • MS. Victoria and Albert Museum.
  • Mem. (—). Grosart (—). K (—). LY ii. 657.

  • Rydal Mount,
  • Kendal,
  • 7th Janry, 1833.

My dear Sir,

Having an opportunity of sending this to Town free of Postage, I write to thank you for your last obliging Letter. Sincerely do I congratulate you upon having made such progress with Skelton, a Writer deserving of far greater attention than his works have hitherto received. Your Edition will be very serviceable, and may be the occasion of calling out illustrations perhaps of particular passages from others, beyond what your own Reading, though so extensive, has supplied. I am pleased also to hear that Shirley is out.1

You mention with commendation the last Edition of my Poems. It gives me pleasure to learn that you approve it. It was my intention to send it to you, and unless some mistake prevented it, you must have received the work: if you have not pray send to Mr Longman the Slip of Paper on the opposite Page and he will forward a copy to your Address.

I lament to hear that your health is not good; my own, God be thanked, is excellent, but I am much dejected with the aspect of public affairs, and cannot but fear that this Nation is on the brink of great troubles.

Be assured that I shall at all times be happy to hear of your studies and pursuits, being, with great respect,

  • sincerely yours,              
  • Wm Wordsworth            

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Editor’s Note
1 Dramatic Works and Poems of James Shirley, 6 vols., 1833, the completion of Gifford's edition. As de Selincourt notes, Dyce edited part of Vol. vi, and wrote the Memoir. See also L.752 below.
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