One of several letters covering complimentary copies of Lyrical Ballads (1800) sent to ‘the Dutchess of Devonshire, Sir Bland Burgess, Mrs Jordan, Mr Fox, Mr Wilberforce, & 2 or 3 others’; all composed by Coleridge except this to Fox, which is Wordsworth’s own composition (CL, ii. 665). The manuscript of the letter is in the Huntington Library; my text is from EY, 312–15. For Fox’s reply see Prose Works of William Wordsworth, ed. A. B. Grosart, London, 1876, ii. 205–6.