Lot #482
William Wordsworth Autograph Letter Signed

Wordsworth exchanges books with a fellow writer: "I have felt a lively interest in your destiny as a Poet"
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Estimate: $1000+

Description

Wordsworth exchanges books with a fellow writer: "I have felt a lively interest in your destiny as a Poet"

ALS signed “Wm. Wordsworth,” three pages, 4.5 x 7.5, no date. Handwritten letter to Scottish-born hymn writer and poet James Montgomery, acknowledging receipt of "your Volumes & the little Book belonging to my Daughter, which you have been so good as to enrich with a most valuable contribution." He continues, in part: "For these tokens of your regard, & for the accompanying letter, accept our joint thanks. I can assure you with truth, that from the time when I first read your Wanderer of Switzerland with the little Pieces annexed, I have felt a lively interest in your destiny as a Poet; & though much out of the way of new books, I have become acquainted with your works…I cannot deny myself the satisfaction of expressing a firm belief that neither morality nor religion can have suffered from our writings—& with respect to yours, I know that both have been greatly benefitted by them…My Publisher has been directed to forward to you…the 1st Vol. of my New Edition, & the others as they successfully appear. As the book could not conveniently be sent to you through my hands, I have ventured to write a few lines upon this slip of paper to be attached to it, which I trust will give you a pleasure akin to what I received from the lines written by your own hand on the fly leaf of your first volume." In fine condition, with a couple of small rusty paperclip impressions.

Auction Info

  • Auction Title: Fine Autograph and Artifacts
  • Dates: #616 - Ended September 15, 2021





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