2 pages, 8vo, a few revisions, integral address leaf (with small seal tear) bearing postal markings and small wafer seal, commenting on the dedication to himself of Haydon's lectures and begging to differ from Haydon's opinion on Michaelangelo: "...It would ill become me not to say that I must deem the dedication of your Lectures an honourable distinction & the most gratifying as it comes from the feelings which you have given utterance in your letter. I have not seen any extracts from your lectures [later published as Lectures on Painting and Design, 2 vols., 1844-46], but I have somewhere heard that you speak of Michael Angelo in terms of disparagement, to which I cannot accede, & therefore I should like that in the terms of your dedication, you would contrive as briefly as you can, to give it be understood that I am not pledged to the whole of your opinions in reference to an art in which you are so distinguished..."; Autograph letter signed ("Wm Wordsworth") to "Sir" [De Selincourt gives the name of the addressee as Orlando Hyman, a son of Mrs. Benjamin Haydon by her first husband], Rydal Mount, 1 July [1846], 2 1/2 pages, 8vo, a few revisions, blank portion of integral second leaf torn away, regarding a subscription to benefit Mrs. Benjamin Haydon -- whose husband had committed suicide on 22 June -- and paying tribute to the late artist: "I should be happy to promote the interests of my...friend's family as far as lies in my power, but I cannot hope to do much, because almost all of those Persons to whom I could apply are themselves disposed...I will not however omit my best endeavours to promote the subscription as soon as it is set on foot...I will do my best. Every one must acknowledge that Mr. Haydon had no common claim as an Artist upon the gratitude of the Country, both for what he executed himself, and for the zealous pains which he took to teach and incite others to aim as a style of art, both in its subjects and execution, of much higher character than was the general practice. Pray present my most sincere condolences to the afflicted Widow, and best wishes for her future comfort and peace..."--WORDSWORTH, MARY (wife of William). Autograph letter signed ("M. Wordsworth") to Miss Sarah Fletcher in Birmingham, n.p., n.d. [Grasmere 1811], 3 pages, 8vo, address panel and wafer seal, lower portion of third page torn away with loss of some four lines of text, giving news of her sisters, her daughter, and a mutual friend, and noting: "...Mr. [William] Wordsworth is at present from home but I think I may venture to beg you to put his name down as a Subscriber to your intended translation -- which if you proceed to press with it, I hope that your expectations may not be disappointed..." (3) " /> WORDSWORTH, WILLIAM. Letter signed ("Wm Wordsworth"), the text in the hand of his wife Mary, TO THE ARTIST BENJAMIN HAYDON, Rydal Mount, 25 June [postmarked 1838], <I>2 pages, 8vo, a few revisions, integral address leaf (with small seal tear) bearing postal markings and small wafer seal,</I> commenting on the dedication to himself of Haydon's lectures and begging to differ from Haydon's opinion on Michaelangelo: "...It would ill become me not to say that I must deem the dedication of your Lectures an honourable distinction & the most gratifying as it comes from the feelings which you have given utterance in your letter. I have not seen any extracts from your lectures [later published as <I>Lectures on Painting and Design</I>, 2 vols., 1844-46], but I have somewhere heard that you speak of Michael Angelo in terms of disparagement, to which I cannot accede, & therefore I should like that in the terms of your dedication, you would contrive as briefly as you can, to give it be understood that I am not pledged to the whole of your opinions in reference to an art in which you are so distinguished..."; Autograph letter signed ("Wm Wordsworth") to "Sir" [De Selincourt gives the name of the addressee as Orlando Hyman, a son of Mrs. Benjamin Haydon by her first husband], Rydal Mount, 1 July [1846], <I>2 1/2 pages, 8vo, a few revisions, blank portion of integral second leaf torn away</I>, regarding a subscription to benefit Mrs. Benjamin Haydon -- whose husband had committed suicide on 22 June -- and paying tribute to the late artist: "I should be happy to promote the interests of my...friend's family as far as lies in my power, but I cannot hope to do much, because almost all of those Persons to whom I could apply are themselves disposed...I will not however omit my best endeavours to promote the subscription as soon as it is set on foot...I will do my best. Every one must acknowledge that Mr. Haydon had no common claim as an Artist upon the gratitude of the Country, both for what he executed himself, and for the zealous pains which he took to teach and incite others to aim as a style of art, both in its subjects and execution, of much higher character than was the general practice. Pray present my most sincere condolences to the afflicted Widow, and best wishes for her future comfort and peace..."--WORDSWORTH, MARY (wife of William). Autograph letter signed ("M. Wordsworth") to Miss Sarah Fletcher in Birmingham, n.p., n.d. [Grasmere 1811], <I>3 pages, 8vo, address panel and wafer seal, lower portion of third page torn away with loss of some four lines of text</I>, giving news of her sisters, her daughter, and a mutual friend, and noting: "...Mr. [William] Wordsworth is at present from home but I think I may venture to beg you to put his name down as a Subscriber to your intended translation -- which if you proceed to press with it, I hope that your expectations may not be disappointed..." (3) | Christie's