Wordsworth's French Daughter: The Story of Her Birth, with the Certificates of Her Baptism and Marriage

Wordsworth's French Daughter: The Story of Her Birth, with the Certificates of Her Baptism and Marriage

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Wordsworth's French Daughter: The Story of Her Birth, with the Certificates of Her Baptism and Marriage

Wordsworth's French Daughter: The Story of Her Birth, with the Certificates of Her Baptism and Marriage

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When, in the winter of 1914-15, I found among the manuscripts in the British Museum a collection of letters from Dorothy Wordsworth, the poet's sister, in which she referred again and again to his daughter Caroline, born of a French mother, the discovery did not surprise me. I had long been convinced, more by omissions than by positive traces in his poems and letters, that his nature had received, while he was in France, a blow from which he never wholly recovered and whose causes had not been made known to the world. These unpublished letters of Dorothy were addressed to her intimate friend, the wife of the famous abolitionist Thomas Clarkson. Mrs. Clarkson had gone to Paris, in the brief interval between the entry of' the Allies in 1814 and . . .

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