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DOROTHY WORDSworTH, ~N 7

THE STOR Y OF A SISTER'S LOVE.

BY

EDM UND LE E.

C/ - inton, JAMES CLARKE & CO., 13 & 14, FLEET STREET.

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M I SS QUILL IN AN, a stroNG LINK

BETWeeN THE PAST AND PRESENT GENERATIONS

or the FAMILY OF WHICH DoROTHY WORDSWORTH WAS SUCH A DISTINGUISHED ORNAMENT, this little work is (BY PERMission)

GratefulLY INSCRI lie D.

PREFACE.

HIS little book owes its origin to the fact that, with the exception of Professor Shairp's Sketch contained in the preface to the “Tour in Scotland,” no biography or memoir of the subject of it has hitherto

been written. Seeing what an important part Miss—

wordsworth occupied in influencing the revival of
English poetry at the close of the last century, this has
frequently been to me a matter of surprise. To the best
of my knowledge, she does not even occupy any place
in the numerous sketches of famous women which have
from time to time appeared. At the same time the
references to her in the biographies of her brother and in
the reviews of his works are many.
My main object in the present work has been, so far
as permissible, to gather together into the form of a
Memoir of her life various allusions to Miss Words-
worth, together with such further particulars as might be
procurable, and with some reflections to which such a
life gives rise. My task has, therefore, been one of a
compiler rather than an author.
I acknowledge my great indebtedness to all sources
from whence information has been obtained. In addi-
tion to the authorities after mentioned, I desire espe-
cially to mention the kindness of Dr. Sadler for his
permission to reprint the letters of Miss Wordsworth to

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