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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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1246. W. W. to JOHN KENYON

  • Address: John Kenyon Esqre, 4 Harley Place.
  • MS. Harvard University Library.
  • LY ii. 950.

[May 1838]

… I understand that you, Mr Robinson, and Southey and his Son propose taking a trip on the Continent, this summer. It is a promising scheme, and I am heartily glad of it for all your sakes, especially for Southey and Robinson; who is getting too old for the lonely and distant ramble that he talked of in Norway and Sweden.—I took too much out of myself in my Italian tour; the diet did not agree with me; and the exertion in the heat was too much for a man of 67. Nothing however should I like better than going again, (with my wife and family) and two years of leisure: then I could accommodate myself to all the novelties of climate, diet, exercise etc.

By the bye Mrs W. begs me to say that some passages of your Vol.,1 the moonlight especially, remind her of Parts of my own Work (still in MSS) upon my early life. This is not the first instance where our Wits have jumped, as great wits are apt to do. Ever with Mrs W's best remembrances

  • faithfully your obliged
  • W Wordsworth

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Editor’s Note
1 Poems, for the most part occasional, 1838. The first poem is entitled Moonlight. The argument reads: 'Moon—suggestive of poetic feeling, as observed in Childhood, in Boyhood, in Manhood, etc.'
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