William Wordsworth: Interviews and Recollections by Harold Orel (eds.)

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Sensibility to the just claims of another, power to appreciate these claims, power also to perceive the true mode of conveying and expressing the appreciation – in a case, suppose, where the claims to consideration are at once real, and even tangible, as to their ground, yet subtle and aerial as to the shape they have assumed – claims, for instance, founded on a personal devotion to the interests of 42 William Wordworth: Interviews and Recollections the other party, when the rest of the world slighted them – this mode of appreciating skill may be utterly wanting, or may be crossed and thwarted by many a conflicting bias, where the conscience is quite incapable of going astray.

I imagine a case such as this which follows: – The case of a man who, for many years, has connected himself closely with the domestic griefs and joys of another, over and above his primary service of giving to him the strength and the encouragement of a profound literary sympathy, at a time of universal scowling from the world; suppose this man to fall into a situation in which, from want of natural connexions and from his state of insulation in life, it might be most important to his feelings that some support should be lent to him by a family having a known place and acceptation, and what may be called a root in the country, by means of connexions, descent, and long settlement.

My having known the story of Margaret (at the beginning) a very old acquaintance even as long back as I saw you first at Stowey, did not make her reappearance less fresh—. ) with its fine long Spire white as washd marble, to be seen by vantage of its high scite as far as Salisbury spire itself almost—— I shall select a day or two very shortly when I am coolest in brain to have a steady second reading, which I feel will lead to many more, for it will be a stock book with me while eyes or spectacles shall be lent me.

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