To lay a little more load on it, a circumstance has happen’d, cujus pars magna fui, and which at another crisis I should have more rejoiced in. I am about to lose my old and only walk-companion, whose mirthful spirits were the “youth of our house,” Emma Isola. I have her here now for a little while, but she is too nervous properly to be under such a roof, so she will make short visits, be no more an inmate. With my perfect approval, and more than concurrence, she is to be wedded to Moxon at the end of Aug’st. So “perish the roses and the flowers”—how is it?
Now to the brighter side, I am emancipated from most hated and detestable people, the Westwoods. I am with attentive people, and younger—I am 3 or 4 miles nearer the Great City, Coaches half-price less, and going always, of which I will avail myself. I have few friends left there, one or two tho’ most beloved. But London Streets and faces cheer me inexpressibly, tho’ of the latter not one known one were remaining.
Thank you for your cordial reception of Elia. Inter nos the Ariadne is not a darling with me, several incongruous things are in it, but in the composition it served me as illustrative
I want you in the popular fallacies to like the “Home that is no home” and “rising with the lark.”
I am feeble, but chearful in this my genial hot weather,—walk’d 16 miles yesterd’y. I can’t read much in Summer time. With very kindest love to all and prayers for dear Dorothy,
most attachedly yours
at mr. walden’s, church street, edmonton, middlesex.
Moxon has introduced Emma to Rogers, and he smiles upon the project. I have given E. my MILTON—will you pardon me?—in part of a portion. It hangs famously in his Murray-like shop.
[On the wrapper is written:—]
D’r M[oxon], inclose this in a better-looking paper, and get it frank’d, and good by’e till Sund’y. Come early—
["The Ariadne.” See the essay on “Barrenness of the Imaginative Faculty,” where Titian’s “Bacchus and Ariadne” in the National Gallery is highly praised (see Vol. II.). Wordsworth’s favourite essays in this volume were “The Wedding” and “Old China.”
“My Milton.” Against the reference to the portrait of Milton, in the postscript, some one, possibly Wordsworth, has pencilled a note, now only partially legible. It runs thus: “It had been proposed by L. that W.W. should be the Possessor of [? this picture] his friend and that afterwards it was to be bequeathed to Christ’s Coll. Cambridge.”
Lamb had given Wordsworth in 1820 a copy of Paradise Regained, 1671, with this inscription: “C. Lamb to the best Knower of Milton, and therefore the worthiest occupant of this pleasant Edition. June 2’d 1820.”]