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All books have long histories. The ideas and early versions of this book stretch back to my doctoral work at the University of Texas at Austin, to Kurt Heinzelman’s scholarship on William and Dorothy Wordsworth, and to Richard Sha’s unfailing friendship and encouragement through the years since we were students together. Librarians at the University of Southern Mississippi brought me obscure microfilm sources, helped me find the Parliamentary Papers and guided me through the Hansard microfiche files. Colleagues and friends in Hattiesburg listened, and listened: Phillip Gentile, Alison Steiner, Ellen Weinauer— I name only the “most of alls.” Here at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro, from among the many who have befriended and helped me, I especially thank: Melissa Richard, who vetted the first complete version of the text; Robert Langenfeld, who came to my rescue more than once with editorial expertise, savvy and general counsel; and Nancy Myers and Lydia Howard, who were there with practical and emo-tional support almost daily over many years.