The Letters of Mary Wordsworth, 1800-1855

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been preaching to them. He was very flowery, she said. W. said he was surprized to see us sit down to cards--after which he went off and W. with him, to set him. When he [W.] came back, after they had turned once or twice, W. said he was the queerest creature in the world--they had been laughing so violently and [brought] up all old things that he had almost split himself. But death to your hopes. The worst is to come. Long after, when he rode to Troutbeck, W. let out a secret which is not to be named. Mr. T. had met with Miss Parker at Allonby--(he having been accidentally there when busy about the Bible meetings in that neighbourhood)--fell into religious conversation with her, liked her feelings, etc.,--told her so, and proposed they should put themselves into the way of knowing more of each other with a view to unite themselves in wedlock. This, I suppose, by his coming here, was agreed to. I wish you might be able to make out the history of this negotiation --it entertained me very much W. keeping the secret so carefully and then let it out when we were going to pass the house which brought it to his mind. We shall be seeing him [Mr. T.] again when the party returns from france. The children are all quite well. This is Ambleside fair--John is gone and the others are to go in the afternoon, if this day continues fine. We have never seen Mr. Crump, for W. has been so unwell I could get him to go nowhere --but to night I hope he will go in to the Hall with me. We have never been in on an Evening and they have begged us to go as we used to do, over and over. This secret for worlds must not be told. God bless you all--we talk of you continually and wish we could see you hourly. M. W. Best love to all. P.S. W. has made me open the letter to say that he very much wishes Sarah to come home with you if it can be [without] giving pain. We have got to the 19th page, about the middle of the Idiot Boy.1

F.H. MS.


12. TO THOMAS MONKHOUSE

Ryndal Mount Janry 8th [p.m. 1815]

My dear Cousin,

I have great pleasure in congratulating you upon your becoming Proprietor of Sebergham Hall2--a place with which I connect some

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1
For the 1815 reprint of The Idiot Boy, see the first collective ed. of the poems, publ. March.
2
Property owned by the Monkhouses. M. W. writes in her Memoir: '. . . as Children our greatest delight was, to go with Grandmamma and Grandpapa, which we did in turn, to Sebergham--to their pretty country residence where they used to pass a few summer weeks, every year,--there was the Garden, and in it the Gazebo--then the Poultry Yard, and a thousand other charms!'

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The Letters of Mary Wordsworth, 1800-1855
Table of contents

Table of contents

  • Title Page iii
  • Preface v
  • Contents vii
  • List of Letters ix
  • Abbreviations and References Used in This Volume xvi
  • Introduction xvii
  • 1. to John Monkhouse1 26 October 1800 1
  • 2. to Catherine Clarkson 1
  • 3. to Thomas Monkhouse 4
  • 4. to John Monkhouse 4
  • 5. to Sarah Hutchinson 6
  • 6. to Sarah Hutchinson 7
  • 7. to Sarah Hutchinson 8
  • 9. to Dorothy Wordsworth 12
  • 10. to Thomas Monkhouse 16
  • 11. to Dorothy Wordsworth 21
  • 12. to Thomas Monkhouse 22
  • 13. to Thomas Monkhouse 27
  • 14. to Thomas Monkhouse 29
  • 15. to Thomas Monkhouse† 30
  • 16. to Thomas Monkhouse 31
  • 17. to Thomas Monkhouse 32
  • 18. to Thomas Monkhouse 36
  • 20. to Thomas Monkhouse 38
  • 21. to Sarah Hutchinson 41
  • 23. to Thomas Monkhouse 42
  • 24. to Thomas Monkhouse 44
  • 25. to Thomas Monkhouse 51
  • 27. to Thomas Monkhouse 53
  • 29. to Sarah Hutchinson 53
  • 30. to Sarah Hutchinson 55
  • 31. to Sarah Hutchinson 59
  • 32. to Sarah Hutchinson 64
  • 34. to Thomas Monkhouse 67
  • 35. to Thomas Monkhouse 71
  • 37. to John Monkhouse 71
  • 38. to Thomas Monkhouse 75
  • 40. to Thomas Monkhouse 81
  • 42. to Edward Quillinan 83
  • 43. to Edward Quillinan 87
  • 45. to Edward Quillinan 91
  • 47. to Edward Quillinan 93
  • 48. to Edward Quillinan 98
  • 49. to Joanna Hutchinson 99
  • 50. to Edward Quillinan 103
  • 53. to Thomas Monkhouse 108
  • 54. to Thomas Monkhouse 114
  • 56. to Edward Quillinan 116
  • 57. to Edward Quillinan 118
  • 58. to Edward Quillinan 120
  • 59. to Edward Quillinan 124
  • 61. to Edward Quillinan 125
  • 64. to Edward Quillinan 130
  • 65. to Edward Quillinan 133
  • 66. to Jane Marshall 134
  • 67. to W. Wordsworth, Junr 138
  • 68. to W. W., Junr 139
  • 70. to Isabella Fenwick 141
  • 71. to Isabella Fenwick 143
  • 72. to Mary Hutchinson 148
  • 74. to Thomas Hutchinson, Junr 149
  • 75. to Isabella Fenwick 154
  • 77. to Dora W. 156
  • 78. to W. W 158
  • 79. to Dora Wordsworth 164
  • 81. to Dora Wordsworth 166
  • 82. to W. W. 170
  • 85. to Dora Wordsworth and W. W. 179
  • 86. to W. W., Dora W.,T. and M. Hutchinson 186
  • 87. to Dora Wordsworth 190
  • 89. to Edward Ferguson 191
  • 90. to Dora Wordsworth 193
  • 91. to Dora Wordsworth 198
  • 93. to Dora Wordsworth 202
  • 94. to Thomas and Mary Hutchinson 204
  • 95. to Dora Wordsworth 208
  • 96. to Isabella Fenwick 210
  • 97. to Mary Hutchinson 211
  • 98. to Mary Hutchinson 213
  • 99. to Dora Wordsworth 215
  • 100. to Dora Wordsworth 219
  • 101. to Dora Wordsworth 224
  • 102. to Dora Wordsworth 225
  • 103. to Dora Wordsworth 228
  • 104. to Dora Wordsworth 233
  • 105. to Isabella Fenwick 237
  • 106. to Isabella Fenwick 238
  • 107. to Isabella Fenwick 239
  • 108. to C. W. Junr 241
  • 109. to Susan Wordsworth 243
  • 110. to Isabella Fenwick 246
  • 111. to Isabella Fenwick 247
  • 113. to Isabella Fenwick 252
  • 115. to Isabella Fenwick 254
  • 117. to Isabella Fenwick 260
  • 118. to Isabella Fenwick 266
  • 119. to Isabella Fenwick 267
  • 121. to Isabella Fenwick 271
  • 122. to Catherine Clarkson 273
  • 124. to William Wordsworth, Junr 274
  • 126. to Fanny Graham 277
  • 128. to Mary Hutchinson 278
  • 129. to Mary Hutchinson 280
  • 131. to Mary Hutchinson 281
  • 132. to Mary Hutchinson 284
  • 134. to Isabella Fenwick 284
  • 135. to Isabella Fenwick 285
  • 136. to Isabella Fenwick 288
  • 137. to Isabella Fenwick 289
  • 138. to Mary Hutchinson 292
  • 139. to Isabella Fenwick 295
  • 140. to Isabella Fenwick 296
  • 141. to Ebba Hutchinson 299
  • 143. to Thomas and Mary Hutchinson 303
  • 144. to Thomas and Mary Hutchinson 306
  • 145. to Isabella Fenwick 307
  • 146. to Thomas Hutchinson and Family 308
  • 147. to Mary Hutchinson 310
  • 148. to John Monkhouse 312
  • 149. to Mary Hutchinson 313
  • 150. to Mary Hutchinson 314
  • 151. to Isabella Fenwick 315
  • 152. to Mary Hutchinson 319
  • 153. to W. Wordsworth, Junr 320
  • 154. to W. Wordsworth, Junr 321
  • 155. to Susan Wordsworth1 322
  • 156. to W. Wordsworth, Junr 324
  • 157. to Mary Hutchinson 326
  • 159. to Elizabeth Hutchinson 328
  • 161. to Mary Hutchinson 331
  • 163. to the Thomas Hutchinsons 332
  • 164. to Elizabeth Hutchinson 335
  • 165. to the Hutchinsons 336
  • 167. to Mary Hutchinson 337
  • 169. to Susan Wordsworth 339
  • 170. to Isabella Fenwick 341
  • 171. to Isabella Fenwick 345
  • 173. to Isabella Fenwick 346
  • 174. to Isabella Fenwick 347
  • 176. to Mary Hutchinson 350
  • 177. to Mary Hutchinson 351
  • 178. to Susan Wordsworth 352
  • Index 355
  • The Hutchinson Family 365
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