At the meeting of the members of the Wordsworth Institute, on Monday
evening, the Rev. H. D. RAWNSLEY, M.A., vicar of Crosthwaite, read a paper on
"Some reminiscences of Wordsworth among the peasantry of Lakeland." <r. E.
WAUGH, M. P., The Burroughs, presided. There was a large attendance.
The persons interrogated by Mr. RAWNSLEY with regard to Wordsworth
agreed in regarding him as a plain featured man and "a mean" - that is a temperate
- liver. He was not a man that folks liked to talk to or would talk to
folks. He had a distaste for field sports and athletics generally, skating being
the only exercise he was fond of. He was said to be a splendid skater and to
be able to cut his name on the ice, but, added one of Mr. RAWNSLEY's
informants, "I nivver seed him do it myself."
In regard to his skating a good story was told. A lad was sent to his
master to take the poet to a newly swept piece of ice. On returning the lad was
asked if Wordswoth had given him anything. "No," returned the lad with a
grin, "but I seed him fa'"
Wordsworth was said not to be a mountain climber but a great walker; he
used to go along the roads meditating with his head downwards. Some of the
people supposed that Hartley COLERIDGE used to write his poems, and others
attributed them to his sister, Dorothy, who was considered very clever. Mrs.
WORDSWORTH was described as being "very clever at accounts and good mannisher."
A vote of thanks for his interesting paper was accorded to Mr. RAWNSLEY,
on the motion of the Rev. J. EWBANK, seconded by the Rev. J. T. POLLOCK.