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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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pg 2061000. W. W. to JOHN GIBSON LOCKHART

  • Address: J. G. Lockhart, 24 Sussex Place, Regents Park. [In Dora W.'s hand]
  • MS. National Library of Scotland.
  • LY ii. 795.

  • Rydal Mount
  • April 27th—36.

My dear Sir,

Your Letter was duly received but I have hesitated about answering it on account of my intention to be in London in the course of a fortnight or so, when I could communicate in conversation all that I remember of your lamented Friend1 at the period of our first acquaintance. In this I should be aided by a journal which my dear Sister kept of that interesting tour,2 and which I would take with me. The notices there of Sir Walter are certainly not so copious as they would have been, had she anticipated what he was to become in the eyes of the world, but brief as they are they would, I am sure, interest you and Mrs Lockhart.

If anything should prevent my going to London, I will write again; I had totally forgotten that I wrote the Letter you allude to. His kindness to us claimed every sort of acknowledgment of looks, words, pen, and actions in grateful return, had they been in our power. Mrs W. my Sister and daughter, unite with me in cordial remembrances to yourself and Mrs Lockhart. Believe me, my dear Sir,

  • faithfully yours,         
  • Wm Wordsworth   

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Editor’s Note
1 Lockhart was now collecting materials for his Memoirs of the Life of Sir Walter Scott, Bart., 7 vols., 1837–8.
Editor’s Note
2 Recollections of a Tour Made in Scotland (1803). For their meetings with Scott see DWJ i. 387–406. The account in Lockhart's Memoirs, i. 403 ff. was drawn up after he met W. W. in London on 16 May and had heard the poet's recollections and extracts from D. W.'s journal.
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