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Wordsworth mss. II, 1848-1909

Summary Information

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

Wordsworth mss. II, 1848-1909

Collection No.
LMC 2095

32 items

Materials are in English.

The Wordsworth mss. II, 1848-1909, consist of letters and papers of the family of William Wordsworth, 1770-1850, and their friends. They are concerned chiefly with family matters, financial accounts, and the welfare of Dora Wordsworth, 1858-1934, his granddaughter, after the death of her mother.

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

Included in the collection are an Account book of Dora Wordsworth for 1876-1885, ink sketches of cats on the verso of a letter dated August 6, 1872, an invitation to William Wordsworth from the Queen to attend a ball at Buckingham Palace, a rosewood lap desk that was owned by Mary (Hutchinson) Wordsworth, the wife of the poet, a lock of hair of William Wordsworth and a poem fragment with his signature on verso, a photograph of Dora Wordsworth, poems by F. A[rnold?], B. Buonomini (in honor of Dora), and Bennet Christian Huntington Calcraft Kennedy, a piece of yew tree planted by William Wordsworth in 1819, and a folder of printed materials.

Correspondents include: Edmund Phillips; Edward Quillinan; Dora Wordsworth; John Wordsworth (1803-1875); John Wordsworth (1837-1927); Mary Harriet (Gamble) Wordsworth; Mary (Hutchinson) Wordsworth.

The contents of the collection were formerly housed by Dora Kennedy in the rosewood lap desk bequeathed to her in 1932.

Related Material

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

Administrative Information

Acquisition Information
Acquired: 1961
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. II, Lilly Library, Indiana University, Bloomington, Indiana.
Processing Information
Processed by Staff.

Completed in 2013

Box 1 Folder 1: 1848-1872

"Isabella C[urwen] Wordsworth. Died in Italy." Sept. 13, 1848 

Quillinan, Edward to Charlotte Elliott. Jul. 28, 1849 

[?] to Mrs. [Luke?] Dolan. Oct. 25, 1854 

Wordsworth, Mary (Hutchinson) to Wordsworth, Marion (Dolan). Nov. 3, 1858 

Wordsworth, Mary (Hutchinson) to Kennedy, Jane Stanley (Wordsworth). 1858 

Envelope addressed to Mrs. Wordsworth, Rydal Mount, nr Ambleside. Apr. 8, 1859 

[Wordsworth, John] to unidentified correspondent. Mar. 30, 1867 

Wordsworth, John to Phillips, Mrs. [Charlotte?]. Apr. 2, 1867 

[Fletcher, G.?] to Saidler, Mrs. Apr. 7, 1867 

Wordsworth, John to Dolan, Mrs. [Luke?]. May 8, 1867 

Poem by B. Buonomini. Mar. 30, 1868 

"Miss Dora Wordsworth, in reverent recollection of another Dora and another Wordsworth." Florence. 1871 

Legg, R., manager, Hampshire Banking Company to Kennedy, Rev. B. S. Receipt, with pen and ink sketch of three carnival figures, and sketch of 14 cats with French captions. Aug. 6, 1872 

Folder 2: 1873-1909 

Account book of Dora Wordsworth. Feb. 23, 1876-Jul. 6, 1889 

hillips, Edmund to "My dear little Pet" [Dora]. Dec. 11, 1876 

Wordsworth, M[ary Harriett] to Wordsworth, Dora. Jan. 1, 1877 

Houlgate, William to Wordsworth, Rev. John. Mar. 24, 1877 

Wordsworth, John to Wordsworth, Dora. May 20, 1881[?] 

Wordsworth, John to Wordsworth, Dora. May 24, 1881[?] 

Harris, Edith M. to Wordsworth, Dora. Nov. 5, 1894 

Poem by B. C. H. Kennedy. Mar. 18, 1909 

Folder 3: undated 

Arnold, F. to Wordsworth, Mrs. undated 

A[rnold?] F. "Wordsworth." Poem. undated 

Fragment of letter: "of Dora W. Miss Coleridge says..." undated 

Kennedy, [?] to "My very dear Dora..." undated 

Kennedy, E. D. to Turner, Mrs. Includes lock of Wordsworth's hair. undated 

[Phillips, Charlotte?]. Incomplete letter to Dora. undated 

Wordsworth, Dora to "My dear Grdma" [Mrs. Luke Dolan]. undated 

Wordsworth, Dora to "Dear Papa" [John Wordsworth]. undated 

Wordsworth, John to Wordsworth, Dora. Sept. 19,  [undated] 

Wordsworth, M H to Stanger, Mrs. undated 

Wordsworth, Marion to "My dear little girl..." Mar.19,  [undated] 

Invitation for William Wordsworth: "The Lord Chamberlain is commanded by The Queen..." undated 

[Unidentified]. "With a Father's love and best wishes." undated 

Unidentified]. Two letters in blue pencil. undated 

Folder 4: Photographs

Dora Wordsworth, granddaughter of William Wordsworth

Group of men attending dedication

Monument in cemetery of Mary (Calvert) Stanger, 1804-1890

Folder 5: Printed

Clipping on death of Rear Admiral Inglefield

Clipping on influence of Wordsworth on John Stuart Mill

Clipping on unveiling ceremony of monument to John Ruskin, reprinted, Feb. 8, 1890

Three clippings mounted on one page about marriage of Rev. John Wordsworth and Mary Harriet Gamble; the death of John Wordsworth, July, 1875;  and the death of Mary Wordsworth, Sept. 1902

Clipping: "England's Debt to Wordsworth," The Spectator, Aug. 5, 1899,  with note in pencil by D. Wordsworth

Box 2 Piece of cherry tree

Box 3 Piece of yew tree, planted by William Wordsworth in1819