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Samuel Rogers and his Contemporaries
Dorothy Wordsworth to Samuel Rogers, 17 February 1823

Vol. I Contents
Chapter I. 1803-1805.
Chapter II. 1805-1809.
Chapter III. 1810-1812.
Chapter IV. 1813-1814.
Chapter V. 1814-1815.
Chapter VI. 1815-1816.
Chapter VII. 1816-1818.
Chapter VIII. 1818-19.
Chapter IX. 1820-1821.
Chapter X. 1822-24.
Chapter XI. 1825-1827.
Vol. II Contents
Chapter I. 1828-1830.
Chapter II. 1831-34.
Chapter III. 1834-1837.
Chapter IV. 1838-41.
Chapter V. 1842-44.
Chapter VI. 1845-46.
Chapter VII. 1847-50.
Chapter VIII. 1850
Chapter IX. 1851.
Chapter X. 1852-55.
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‘17th February, 1823.

‘My dear Sir,—I cannot deny myself the pleasure of thanking you for your last very kind letter as Miss Hut-
chinson is going directly to London, and, through her, you will receive this. At present I shall do no more than assure you that I am fully sensible of the value of your friendly attention to the matter on which I have troubled you, as I hope that my
brother and sister will soon have the pleasure of meeting you in London, and he will explain to you all my scruples and apprehensions. They will leave home to-morrow with Miss Hutchinson and (parting with her at Derby) will turn aside to Coleorton, where they intend spending about three weeks with our kind friends Sir George and Lady Beaumont, and will then, if nothing intervene to frustrate their present scheme, proceed to London. Their visit will be a short one, but I hope they will have time to see all their friends.

‘My brother is glad that you came upon the stone to the memory of Aloys Reding in such an interesting way. He and Mrs. W., without any previous notice, met with it at the moment of sunset, as described at the close of those stanzas. I was rambling in another part of the wood and unluckily missed it. I was delighted with your and your sister’s reception at that pleasant house in the Vale of Schwyz, which I well remember. Mr. Monkhouse and I, going on foot to Brennen from Schwyz, were struck with the appearance of the house, and inquired to whom it belonged—were told, to a family of the name of Reding, but could not make out whether it had been the residence and birth-place of Aloys Reding or not.

‘The passage in Oldham is a curious discovery.

‘You say nothing of coming northward this summer. I hope my brother and sister may tempt you to think
about it. I am left at home with my niece and her brother William, now quite well.

‘Pray make my very kind remembrances to Miss Rogers. You must not leave her behind when you come again to the lakes.

‘Do, my dear sir, excuse this hasty scrawl. We are in the bustle of preparation for the long journey—a great event in this house!

‘Believe me to be, with great respect,
‘Yours very sincerely,
Dorothy Wordsworth.’