when we give him his letters, because I know it will worry him to think that you cannot come at once to Lambeth.
I was very grateful to my kind Friend, your wife, for her letter; but sorry that she should have troubled herself with writing to me: for I recollect, when I was at Binrningham, she spoke of it as one of the infirmities of her years that letter-writing had become troublesome to her. Tell her, if she will promise not to answer my letter I will write to her again when I have seen my Nephews, her Grand-children.1
With best regards to every member of your good Family whom I have the pleasure of knowing, believe me, my dear Sir,
your grateful and affectionate Friend
The Boys were to have come home last Saturday for the Whitsuntide holidays: but we wrote to prevent their coming, on account of their Father's illness.
Address: To Charles Lloyd Esqre, Birmingham.
Postmark: 31 May 20.
Endorsed: D. Wordsworth 30/5 1820.
MS. Mr. W. N. Tolfree. Hitherto unpublished.
May 30th, 1820
Lambeth, Rectory House.
My dear Sir,
Since I wrote to you my Brother 3 had had no serious relapse; therefore I may say that he has been in the way of amendment, but the progress is so very slow as to be scarcely perceptible. He is now, however, allowed to take a little fight animal food, and a small portion of wine; and the Physician hopes soon to be able to administer the Bark, and if this agrees with him, I hope we may see him advance with better speed then hitherto.
My Brother is very sorry (and I heartily join with him in this regret) that you have been prevented by want of strength from undertaking to attend at the Yearly meeting; yet it is matter of congratulation that you are not suffering under bodily disease at____________________
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Publication information: Book title: The Letters of William and Dorothy Wordsworth. Volume: 8. Edition: 2nd. Contributors: Alan G. Hill - Author, Dorothy Wordsworth - Author, Ernest De Selincourt - Editor, Chester L. Chester - Editor. Publisher: Clarendon Press. Place of publication: Oxford. Publication year: 1967. Page number: 179.
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