enough, it is not likely there will be any delay in filling up the vacancy. So easy a Master as Mr. Wilkinson will not be found in a hurry. I have heard that it [sic] was a good deal annoyed at the mischievous pranks of the hoaxers--and no wonder.
The advertisement of the drowning was a great deal too bad. I had a pretty strong inkling that Master Bouske was at the bottom of it. You are doubtless inform'd of the death of the elder Mrs. Greenwood--a great relief, considering the helpless state in which she has existed for some years past, but it has brought before my mind the possibility, aye certainty indeed, of an event, which if I live to see it, will leave me in a manner alone in the world.
I am no news-monger, and am in a very stupid humour, and besides I am like to be in the situation where Adam was when his candle went out and for the same reason. I hope the Priestess of Lucina, (Mrs. Dodgin) will find Mrs. Isaac in a promising way, and that she will get well over her approaching trial. Had your house been in a less busy and agitating state I think I should have paid you a visit, as I might possibly have helped you in the school; but under existing circumstances I am afraid I should be in the way. Might I trouble you--at any opportunity--to send me a copy of the Verses on . . .1--which I do not possess in their corrected state?
Give my love . . .1 and a kiss to my little God-daughter. Remember me kindly to Mr. Upton and his family--are any of them likely to change their state?
How comes on the chapel? How is Mr. Wilkinson of Howgill?
Believe me--yours truly
To MRS. SAMUEL TAYLOR COLERIDGE, 10 Chester Place, Regent's
Sedbergh, May 25th, 1838.
Your last but one arrived just as I was in the act of packing up: when I had literally not a moment for scrawling--yet I did take it to Rydal Mount and meant to have answered it, as soon as I was settled. But one thing or another intervened,____________________