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is paternal ancestors had been settled immemorially at Penistone in Yorkshire, whence his grandfather had emigrated to Westmoreland. His mother, a woman of piety and wisdom, died in March, 1778, being then in her thirty-second year. His father, who the winter at Goslar, Wordsworth and his sister returned to England in the spring of 1799, and settled at Grasmere in Westmoreland. In 1800, the first edition of the Lyrical Ballads being exhausted, it was republished with the addition of another ve no more during the rest of his life. In March of this year he was appointed Distributor of Stamps for the county of Westmoreland, an office whose receipts rendered him independent, and whose business he was able to do by deputy, thus leaving him aich enabled him to fill his office as well as Dr. Franklin could have done. A fitter man could not have been found in Westmoreland. The Collectorship at White-haven (a more lucrative office) was afterwards offered to Wordsworth, and declined. He ha