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William Wordsworth, Dorothy Wordsworth

The Letters of William and Dorothy Wordsworth, Vol. 6: The Later Years: Part III: 1835–1839 (Second Revised Edition)

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985. W. W. to LADY VANE2

  • Address: Lady Vane, Armathwaite, Cockermouth.
  • Stamp: Kendal Penny Post.
  • MS. Lord Inglewood. Hitherto unpublished.

  • Rydal Mount
  • 16th March [? 1836]

Dear Lady Vane,

It was my intention to have left Workington yesterday for Armathwaite, but your Letter caused me to give up the pleasure of seeing you at present, notwithstanding your obliging Invitation that I would take Armathwaite in my way, and your offer of your Carriage etc.—A more advanced state of the season will be more favorable to the little excursions in your neighbourhood which Sir Francis proposed, but still I felt a little disappointed on the receipt of your's, and not a little sorry that Sir Francis should have to take so long a journey at this season, and upon an occasion any thing but pleasant. I wish heartily that he may arrive in time, and gain his point with his Brother.3

Yesterday I came through from Workington. On the outside of the Coach was a Mr Wright4 who has resided some time at pg 183Keswick. He has been some years employed in executing a model of the Lake District and other Parts of Cumberland and intended to call on Sir Francis that day; but on learning from me Sir F: was not at home he proceeded to Keswick. He seemed perfectly to understand his business and is taking wonderful pains about it.—

My Son begged your acceptance of those cards or Papers which you mentioned. He takes a lively interest in the success of your School.—

It was fortunate in one respect that I came home yesterday, as I found important Letters here requiring an immediate answer.

  • Believe [me] dear Lady Vane,       
  • faithfully yours             
  • Wm Wordsworth      

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Editor’s Note
2 Diana (d. 1875), wife of Sir Francis Fletcher-Vane, 3rd Bart. (see L. 939 above), a fairly recent acquaintance of W. W.'s, who had called at Rydal Mount the previous December (RMVB). See also MW, p. 190.
Editor’s Note
3 Frederick Henry Fletcher-Vane (1807–94), an army officer.
Editor’s Note
4 Probably Charles Wright, who was employed as a guide at Keswick. See RMVB for Dec. 1837. The model of the Lake District was probably the one put on view in the Town Hall, Keswick, by Joseph Flintoff of Skiddaw Cottage, in the summer of 1839. (See Cumberland Pacquet for 11 and 25 June, 1839, and 28 July, 1840.)
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