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Wordsworth, William: letter

Identity Statement

Reference code(s): GB 0096 AL195
Held at: Senate House Library, University of London
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Full title: Wordsworth, William: letter
Date(s): [1838 ]
Level of description: fonds
Extent: 1 sheet
Name of creator(s): Wordsworth | William | 1770-1850 | poet


Administrative/Biographical history:

William Wordsworth was born in the Lake District in 1770. He was educated at Hawkshead grammar school, and St John's College, Cambridge University. In 1795 he moved, with his sister Dorothy, to Alfoxden House near Bristol, where they met Samuel Taylor Coleridge and Robert Southey. Wordsworth and Southey embarked on a partnership which was to change the former's style of poetry from long poems of social protest to the short lyrical and dramatic poems for which he is best known. In 1798 Coleridge and Wordsworth published Lyrical Ballads. The Wordsworths and Coleridge moved to the Lake District, the former two moving into Dove Cottage in Ambleside. William married his childhood companion, Mary Hutchinson in 1802. He was made Poet Laureate in 1843, a post which he held until his death in 1850.


Scope and content/abstract:

Letter from William Wordsworth to G B Airy, Astronomer Royal and member of the University of London Senate, [Mar c 1838]. Supporting John Thomas Graves's application for the post of Registrar to the newly-formed university. Autograph, with signature.

Access & Use

Language/scripts of material:

System of arrangement:

See hard copy catalogue.

Conditions governing access:

Access to this collection is unrestricted for the purpose of private study and personal research within the supervised environment and restrictions of the Library's Palaeography Room. Please contact the University Archivist for details. 24 hours notice is required for research visits.

Conditions governing reproduction:

Copies may be made, subject to the condition of the original. Copying must be undertaken by the Palaeography Room staff, who will need a minimum of 24 hours to process requests.

Finding aids:

Typescript catalogue available in the Library's Palaeography Room.

Archival Information

Archival history:

See archivist.

Immediate source of acquisition:

Found inserted in the Goldsmith's Library copy of Bath Penitentiary and Lock Hospital - classmark: [G.L.] B.816.

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Description Notes

Archivist's note:
Compiled by Anya Turner.

Rules or conventions:
Compiled in compliance with General International Standard Archival Description, ISAD(G), second edition, 2000; National Council on Archives Rules for the Construction of Personal, Place and Corporate Names, 1997.

Date(s) of descriptions:
Aug 2008

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