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Wordsworth mss., 1805-1948

Summary Information

Lilly Library (Indiana University, Bloomington)
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Wordsworth, William, 1770-1850

Wordsworth mss., 1805-1948

Collection No.
LMC 2094

57 items

Materials are in English.

The Wordsworth mss., 1805-1948 consist of primarily correspondence from William Wordsworth, 1770-1850, to family members, friends, and colleagues.

Access Restrictions

This collection is open for research.

Biographical Note

Poet and author William Wordsworth was born on April 7, 1770 in Cockermouth, Cumberland, England. He began attending St. John's College, Cambridge the same year he published his first poem, in 1787, and he earned his B.A. in 1791. Along with Samuel Taylor Coleridge, Wordsworth is credited with originating the Romantic Age of English Literature with the joint publication Lyrical Ballads (1798). He was England's Poet Laureate from 1843 until his death in 1850. Wordsworth's most famous work, The Prelude, was published posthumously in 1850.


Items are arranged chronologically.

Scope and Content Note

Correspondents in the collection include: Beck, J. V. A.; Keble, John; Rix, Herbert; Wordsworth, Christopher; Wordsworth, Elizabeth; Wordsworth, Priscilla; Wordsworth, Susanna.

Also included in the collection are poems by William Wordsworth, a poem by his sister Dorothy Wordsworth, poems as tributes to Wordsworth, a memorandum book, notebooks, an anthology compiled by Sarah Hutchinson, and a photograph of Wordsworth's home at Rydal Mount

Related Material

Wordsworth mss. II and Wordsworth mss. III also located at the Lilly Library, Indiana University, Bloomington, Indiana.

Administrative Information

Acquisition Information
Acquired: 1943-1986.
Usage Restrictions
Prior arrangements are not necessary before coming to the Library, however, patrons from out of town are encouraged to communicate with the Library in advance of their visits to ascertain availability of materials.

Photocopying permitted only with permission of the Curator of Manuscripts, Lilly Library.

Preferred Citation
[Item], Wordsworth mss., Lilly Library, Indiana University, Bloomington, Indiana.
Processing Information
Processed by Staff.

Completed in 2013

Series: Wordsworth Mss.

Box 1 Wordsworth, William to Clarkson, Thomas. Feb. 16, 1805

Wordsworth, William to Scott, John. Feb. 22, 1816

Wordsworth, William to Chantry, F. L. Nov. 8, 1820

Wordsworth, William. "Elegiac musings..." Poem. Nov. 1830

Wordsworth, William to Macdonald, Lawrence. Apr. 16, 1831

Wordsworth, William to Quillinan, E. Aug. 23, 1831

Wordsworth, William to Milton, M. I. 1831

Wordsworth, William to Southey, Robert. [Mar. 1832]

Wordsworth, William to "My dear Madam." Nov. 28, 1832

Wordsworth, William to Graves, R. P. Jan. 30, 1834

Wordsworth, William. "Oftentimes and long." Poem. 1835

Wordsworth, William to Davy, John. 1835

Wordsworth, William to Davy, John. Jun. 16, 1836

Wordsworth, William to Lloyd, Francis. Sept. 14, 1836

Wordsworth, William to Lloyd, Francis. Sept. 26, 1836

Wordsworth, Mrs. Mary to Lloyd, Francis. Sept. 1836

Wordsworth, William to Howley, Mrs. Nov. 20, 1837

Wordsworth, William to Lloyd, Francis. Apr. 2, 1838

Wordsworth, William to Lloyd, Francis. Nov. 26, 1838

[Wordsworth, William] to Kenyon, [John]. [1838]

Wordsworth, William to Kenyon, John. Feb. 26, 1839

Southey, Robert. "The curse of Kehama." Jun. 25, 1839

(2 lines)

Wordsworth, William to Howley, Mrs. 1839


Wordsworth, William. "Lines...suggested...St. Georges chapel." Poem. Jul. 20, 1841

Wordsworth, William to Powell, Thomas. Aug. 19, 1841

Wordsworth, William to Howley, Mrs. Aug. 23, 1841

Wordsworth, William to Lee [?]. Oct. 23, [1843]

Wordsworth, William. "Suggested upon Loughrigg Fell." Poem. Aug. 1844

"For Mrs. Wright." Engraving, autographed by Wordsworth. 1844

Wordsworth, William to Herschel, Sir John Frederick William. Feb. 3, 1846

Wordsworth, William to Graves, R. P. Feb. 9, 1850

Keble, John to "Dear Sir." Oct. 14, 1851

Wright, Mrs. Sarah to Sutton, R. Jun. 10, 1857

Wordsworth, Priscilla to Lloyd, Mrs. Oct. 3, 1860

Wordsworth, Elizabeth to "My dear cousin." Oct. 23, 1860

Wordsworth, Mrs. Susanna to "My dear cousin." Apr. 13, 1863

Wordsworth, Christopher to "My dear Cousins." Jun. 10, 1863

Wordsworth, Christopher to "My dear Cousin." Jun. 20, 1863

Philpot, Henry to Lloyd, I. Jul. 2, 1863

Rix, Herbert to Tomlinson, Charles. Sept. 23, 1882

Beck, J. V. A. to Cowper, H. S. Mar. 20, 1898

Adams, Mary M. "Sonnet on Wordsworth." Poem. undated.

(Includes correspondence from Wood, Harry H. to Watkins, O. L. Oct. 13, 1931.)

Wordsworth, William. "Suggested upon Loughrigg Fell." Poem. undated.

[Bowles, W. L.] "Wordsworth." Poem. undated.

Photograph of Wordsworth's home, Rydal Mount. undated.

Wordsworth, Dorothy. "The worship of this Sabbath morn." Poem. undated.

Wordsworth, Mrs. Mary to Fletcher, Miss. undated.

Wordsworth, William. "Life, I repeat is energy of love..." Poem. undated.

Wordsworth, William to Graves, R. P. undated.

Wordsworth, William to Howitt, William. undated.

Wordsworth, William to Moxon, Mrs. undated.

Wordsworth, William to Powell, Thomas. undated.

Box 2 "Wordsworth." Notebook with handwritten prose. undated.

"Paraphrase of Spenser's Fairy Queen by William Wordsworth." Sept. 16-30, 1835

Notebook. (Not in Wordsworth's hand.)

Memorandum book: "O. L. Watkins, Indianapolis, Ind. U.S.A." undated.

Notebook containing "The Lyrical Ballads: 1798," a lecture by Alfred Ainger. 1888

A Study of Poetic Tributes to William Wordsworth by William Renner Feik. Aug. 1948.

Bound Materials (No Box) MS Poetry. WW. 1826.  Sarah Hutchinson's Poetical Anthology compiled at Wordsworth's Direction.