21 NOVEMBER 1840, Page 4

The poet Wordsworth and his son had a narrow escape

with their lives on Wednesday week. They were riding in a gig from Whitehaven Castle to their residence Rydal- mount, when in a narrow part of the road they met the mail-coach driving at full speed. Mr. Wordsworth suc- ceeded in drawing the gig close to the road-side ; but the coach came against it with such violence as to send the horse, gig, and two riders, with part of' the wall, into the adjoining plantation. They most fortu- nately escaped without any hurt.