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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 741845. W. W. to M. S. MILTON1

  • Address: M. S. Milton Esqre, Brigham.
  • MS. Lilly Library, Indiana University. Hitherto unpublished.

[In M. W.'s hand]

  • Rectory, Workington,
  • [late Sept. 1834]


Had I known thro' what channel to make my acknowledgements I should have thanked you earlier for your two Poems, which you were so kind to send me. You may perhaps have heard that I am much troubled with inflammation in my eyes, and will be sorry to hear that consequently I am enabled to read very little; but from what I have seen of your works, I have no scruple to say that the Poems are written with great animation and spirit.

I have also been a good deal from home lately, this has interfered also, but I promise myself on my return to Rydal much gratification from the perusal of your two works. I need scarcely add that should you be in the neighbourhood of Ambleside I should be glad if you would favor me with a call at Rydal Mount.

  • I am Sir                   
  • respectfully yours      
  • [signed] Wm Wordsworth  

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Editor’s Note
1 Author of The Ocean Bride: A Tale of the Sea, 1834 (R.M. Cat., no. 612), and Songs of the Prophesies, 1835.
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