July 17, 1850
FR and a friend, who also was a great admirer of Wordsworth, went on an excursion to Applethwaite Ghyll to buy strawberries from tenants of Wordsworth's land. Graves, his old tenant, was happy to relate to the two women that when Wordsworth last visited, he "showed him two fine young oaks which he thought spoiling each other's growth, and wanted to have one cut down; 'No,' said Wordsworth, 'they have grown together like brothers' ('like twins' added the old woman), 'they shall not be separated.' . . . They said he often visited them, and spoke 'kind.'"
The old tenants talked some more about Wordsworth's history and his kindness to them. "Last summer they thought him failing, very feeble and tottering, and on the spot they showed me they saw him 'doff his hat and look up on high, and,' said the tenant's son, 'we do not know what his thoughts were, but he seemed in contemplation like.' . . . They said they wished there was a stone for Wordsworth on the spot where he 'doffed his hat;' I said 'plant an acorn this autumn, call it Wordsworth's Oak, it will be a far better monument;' they promised, and I hope to put them in mind, and to plant one there myself."
Whether the oak pictured above was planted by Graves, FR, or someone else is uncertain.