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LETTERS OF JOHN KEATS

1. 1 CHARLES COWDEN CLARKE

3. TO JOHN HAMILTON REYNOLDS

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(London, October 31, 1816.]

(London,] Sunday Evening MY DAINTIE DAVIE — I will be as punc

[March 2, 1817?]. tual as the Bee to the Clover. Very glad

MY DEAR REYNOLDS - Your kindness 3 am I at the thoughts of seeing so soon this affects me so sensibly that I can merely put glorious Haydon and all his creation. I down a few mono-sentences. Your Critipray thee let me know when you go to cism only makes me extremely anxious that Ollier's and where he resides — this I for- I should not deceive you. got to ask you — and tell me also when It's the finest thing by God as Hazlitt you will help me waste a sullen day — God

However I hope I 'ield you

J. K.

There are some acquaint

ances of mine who will scratch their Beards 2. TO THE SAME

and although I have, I hope, some Charity, (London,] Tuesday (December 17, 1816]. I wish their Nails may be long. I will be MY DEAR CHARLES You may now look ready at the time you mention in all Hapat Minerva's Ægis with impunity, seeing piness. . that my awful Visage 2 did not turn you

There is a report that a young Lady of into a John Doree. You have accordingly 16 has written the new Tragedy, God bless a legitimate title to a Copy – I will use her I will know her by Hook or by my interest to procure it for you. I'll tell Crook in less than a week. My Brothers' you what — I met Reynolds at Haydon's a and my Remembrances to your kind Sisfew mornings since — he promised to be ters. with me this Evening and Yesterday I had

Yours most sincerely the same promise from Severn and I must

John Keats. put you in mind that on last All hallow

4. TO THE SAME mas' day you gave me your word that you would spend this Evening with me

(London, March 17, 1817.] putting off. I have done little to Endy- MY DEAR REYNOLDS — My Brothers are mion lately 2 — I hope to finish it in one anxious that I should go by myself into the more attack. I believe you I went to country — they have always been extremely Richards's - it was so whoreson a Night fond of me, and now that Haydon has that I stopped there all the next day. His pointed out how necessary it is that I should Remembrances to you.

(Ext. from the be alone to improve myself, they give up common place Book of my Mind — Mem. the temporary pleasure of living with me Wednesday Hampstead – call in

call in continually for a great good which I hope Warner Street :- a sketch of Mr. Hunt.) will follow. So I shall soon be out of - I will ever consider you my sincere and Town. You must soon bring all your preaffectionate friend you will not doubt sent troubles to a close, and so must I, but

we must, like the Fox, prepare for a fresh God bless you

JOHN KEATS. swarm of flies. Banish money - Banish

-So no

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sofas — Banish Wine - Banish Music; but enquired for the Boat to the Isle of Wight right Jack Health, honest Jack Health, as I intend seeing that place before I settrue Jack Health Banish health and tle — it will go at 3, so shall I after having banish all the world. I must myself taken a Chop. I know nothing of this

if I come this evening, I shall horri- place but that it is long — tolerably broad bly commit myself elsewhere. So I will has bye streets two or three Churches send my excuses to them and Mrs. Dilke

a very respectable old Gate with two by my brothers.

Lions to guard it. The Men and Women Your sincere friend

do not materially differ from those I have JOHN KEATS. been in the Habit of seeing. I forgot to

say that from dawn till half-past six I went

through a most delightful Country - some 5. TO GEORGE AND THOMAS KEATS

open Down but for the most part thickly [Southampton,] Tuesday Morn wooded. What surprised me most was an

(April 15, 1817]. immense quantity of blooming Furze on MY DEAR BROTHERS -I am safe at each side the road cutting a most rural Southampton — after having ridden three dash. The Southampton water when I stages outside and the rest in for it began to saw it just now was no better than a low be very cold. I did not know the Names of water Water which did no more than any of the Towns I passed through — all I answer my expectations it will have can tell you is that sometimes I saw dusty mended its Manners by 3. From the Hedges sometimes Ponds — then nothing Wharf are seen the shores on each side

- then a little Wood with trees look you stretching to the Isle of Wight. You, like Launce's Sister “as white as a Lily Haydon, Reynolds, etc. have been pushing and as small as a Wand'— then came each other out of my Brain by turns. I houses which died away into a few strag- have conned over every Head in Haydon's gling Barns

then came hedge trees Picture you must warn them not to be aforesaid again. As the Lamplight crept afraid should my Ghost visit them on along the following things were discovered Wednesday - tell Haydon to Kiss his Hand

• long beath broom furze' - Hurdles at Betty over the Way for me yea and to here and there half a Mile Park pal- spy at her for me. I hope one of you

will ings when the Windows of a House were be competent to take part in a Trio while I always discovered by reflection One

am away - you need only aggravate your Nymph of Fountain — N. B. Stone - voices a little and mind not to speak Cues lopped Trees --- Cow ruminating - ditto and all when

you

have said Rum-ti-ti Donkey Man and Woman going gin- you must not be rum any more or else gerly along — William seeing his Sisters another will take up the ti-ti alone and then over the Heath — John waiting with a he might be taken God shield us for little Lanthorn for his Mistress Barber's Pole better than a Titmouse. By the by talking

- Doctor's Shop - However after having of Titmouse Remember me particularly to bad

my fill of these I popped my Head out all my Friends - give my Love to the Miss just as it began to Dawn N. B. this Tues- Reynoldses and to Fanny who I hope you day Morn saw the Sun rise — of which I will soon see. Write to me soon about them shall say nothing at present. I felt rather all - and you George particularly how you lonely this Morning at Breakfast so I went get on with Wilkinson's plan. What could and unbox'd a Shakspeare • There's I have done without my Plaid ? I don't my Comfort.'! I went immediately after feel inclined to write any more at present Breakfast to Southampton Water where I for I feel rather muzzy — you must be con

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tent with this fac simile of the rough plan from a little hill close by the whole north of Aunt Dinah's Counterpane.*

Angle of the Isle of Wight, with the water Your most affectionate Brother

between us. In the 3rd place, I see Caris

JOHN KEATS. brooke Castle from my window, and have Reynolds shall hear from me soon. found several delightful wood-alleys, and

copses, and quick freshes. As for prim

the Island ought to be called 6.

Primrose Island thạt is, if the nation of Carisbrooke, April 17th (1817]. Cowslips agree thereto, of which there are MY DEAR REYNOLDS Ever since I divers Clans just beginning to lift up

their wrote to my Brothers from Southampton heads. Another reason of my fixing is, that I have been in a taking and at this I am more in reach of the places around moment I am about to become settled - me. I intend to walk over the Island east for I have unpacked my books, put them

West - North South. I have not into a snug corner, pinned up Haydon, seen many specimens of Ruins

I don't Mary Queen of Scots, and Milton with his think however I shall ever see one to surdaughters in a row. In the passage I found pass Carisbrooke Castle. The trench is a head of Shakspeare which I had not be- overgrown with the smoothest turf, and the fore seen. It is most likely the same that Walls with ivy. The Keep within side is George spoke so well of, for I like it ex- one Bower of ivy - a colony of Jackdaws tremely. Well — this head I have hung have been there for many years. I dare over my Books, just above the three in a say I have seen many a descendant of some row, having first discarded a French Am- old cawer who peeped through the Bars bassador now this alone is a good morn- at Charles the first, when he was there in ing's work. Yesterday I went to Shanklin, Confinement. On the road from Cowes to which occasioned a great debate in my Newport I saw some extensive Barracks, mind whether I should live there or at which disgusted me extremely with the Carisbrooke. Shanklin is a most beautiful Government for placing such a Nest of Deplace — Sloping wood and meadow ground bauchery in so beautiful a place. I asked a reach round the Chine, which is a cleft be- man on the Coach about this — and he said tween the Cliffs of the depth of nearly 300 that the people had been spoiled. In the feet at least. This cleft is filled with trees

room where I slept at Newport, I found and bushes in the narrow part, and as it this on the Window -'0 Isle spoilt by the widens becomes bare, if it were not for milatary!...' primroses on one side, which spread to the The wind is in a sulky fit, and I feel that very verge of the Sea, and some fishermen's

it would be no bad thing to be the favourite huts on the other, perched midway in the of some Fairy, who would give one the Balustrades of beautiful green Hedges power of seeing how our Friends got on at along their steps down to the sands. But a Distance. I should like, of all Loves, a the sea, Jack, the sea the little waterfall sketch of you and Tom and George in ink

then the white cliff - then St. Cathe- which Haydon will do if you tell him how rine's Hill — the sheep in the meadows, the I want them. From want of regular rest I cows in the corn. Then, why are you at

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and the passage Carisbrooke ? say you. Because, in the first in Lear— Do you not hear the sea ?' place, I should be at twice the Expense, has haunted me intensely. and three times the inconvenience next that from here I can see your continent (Here follows the sonnet 'On the Sea,' p. 37.]

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