Lilly Library Manuscript Collections


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.

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.

An inventory is available.

Acquired: 1961

Collection size: 32 items

Related manuscripts: Wordsworth mss., Wordsworth mss. III

For more information about this collection and any related materials contact the Public Services Department, Lilly Library, Indiana University, Bloomington, IN 47405. Call (812) 855-2452 or send an email using our Ask a Question form.