The Letters of Mary Wordsworth, 1800-1855

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Pray is English taught at the Charter house--or will it be needful for John to have a private Master in order to improve him in that Language?

Address: To Thos. Monkhouse, Esqre, West End, Hampstead, London.

J.H. MS.


23. TO THOMAS MONKHOUSE

Decr 18th [p.m. 1818]

My dear Cousin,

We have received no letter yet from Dr. Wordsworth and we are at present waiting with some anxiety for an answer to the enclosed, which William thought proper to address to Mr. Russell,1 (as the Head Master), before we can feel that poor John is fairly admitted. In the meantime we have been glad to receive your letter to know that the desireable situation is secured for him, and other particulars, but in your interview with Mr. Chapman you state having spoke of John's shyness, but say nothing of having mentioned his great slowness and backwardness. But for these, the shyness would soon be got over. The holidays being divided, is a great objection, and to a Country Boy who had not a friend like you in Town, the liberty to go 'where they please' at the end of the week would be an insurmountable one. But you cannot mean that if the Boys have no proper place to go to, that there is no accommodation for, nor attendance given to them on Sundays! If so, what a dangerous situation for young men is the Charter House!--On you, however, my dear friend, we shall rely, feeling secure that he is in the best hands possible--and that so far from this being a disadvantage, it will be a very great advantage to John, and a comfort to us. Only I fear we shall be desiring too much from your goodness--for we shall depend upon your making him accountable to you for his time, and shall further hope that you will urge him to practice reading and spelling; and not only this, but that you will occasionally make him read to you. Mr. Johnson2 has offered to give all his vacant hours to John's improvement in English--if he had any time to receive his instructions--this you will hereafter be able to judge of. If his school labours (which from his backwardness I doubt will be the

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1
According to D. W., Mr. Russell refused John admission owing to the standing rule of the school to admit no boy over fourteen years. John was fifteen the previous June. See M.Y., p. 834.
2
Rev. William Johnson, curate at Grasmere in 1811. He became Headmaster of the Central School, London, 1812.

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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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