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ambiguousness in their behaviour or their 81. TO GEORGE AND GEORGIANA KEATS tongues, nothing of which however I had the least scent of this morning. I say
[Hampstead, about Dec". 18, 1818.] completely understand ; for I am everlast- MY DEAR BROTHER AND SISTER – You ingly getting my mind into such-like pain- will have been prepared before this reaches ful trammels - and am even at this moment you for the worst news you could have, suffering under them in the case of a friend
if Haslam's letter arrives in proper of ours. — I will tell you two most unfor- time, I have a consolation in thinking that tunate and parallel slips — it seems down- the first shock will be past before you reright pre-intention — A friend says to me, ceive this. The last days of poor Tom • Keats, I shall go and see Severn this were of the most distressing nature ; but week.'—Ah! (says I) you want him to his last moments were not so painful, and take your Portrait.' — And again, “ Keats, his very last was without a pang. I will says a friend, when will you come to not enter into any parsonic comments on town again ?'—'I will,' says I, élet you death — yet the common observations of have the MS. next week.' In both these the commonest people on death are as true cases I appeared to attribute an interested as their proverbs. I have scarce a doubt motive to each of
friends' questions — of immortality of some nature or other the first made him flush, the second made neither had Tom. My friends have been him look angry:- and yet I am innocent exceedingly kind to me every one of them in both cases ; my mind leapt over every Brown detained me at his House. I interval, to what I saw was per se a plea- suppose no one could have had their time sant subject with him. You see I have no made smoother than mine has been. Durallowances to make — you see how far I ing poor Tom's illness I was not able to am from supposing you could show me any write and since his death the task of beginneglect. I very much regret the long time ning has been a hindrance to me. Within I have been obliged to exile from you : for this last Week I have been everywhere I have one or two rather pleasant occasions and I will tell you as nearly as possible to confer upon with you. What I have how all go on.
With Dilke and Brown I heard from George is favourable – I ex- am quite thick — with Brown indeed I am pect a letter from the Settlement itself. going to domesticate — that is, we shall Your sincere friend John KEATS.
keep house together. I shall have the I cannot give any good news of Tom. front parlour and he the back one, by
which I shall avoid the noise of Bentley's
Children - and be the better able to go on 80.
Studies — which have been greatly [Hampstead.] Tuesday Morn interrupted lately, so that I have not the
[December 1, 1818]. shadow of an idea of a book in my head, MY DEAR FANNY - Poor Tom has been and my pen seems to have grown too gouty so bad that I have delayed your visit hither for sense. How are you going on now ?
-as it would be so painful to you both. I The goings on of the world makes me dizzy cannot
better this morning - - There you are with Birkbeck — here I he is in a very dangerous state – I have am with Brown - sometimes I fancy an scarce any hopes of him.44 Keep up your immense separation, and sometimes as at spirits for me my dear Fanny — repose present, a direct communication of Spirit entirely in
with you. That will be one of the grandeurs Your affectionate Brother John. of immortality — There will be no space,
and consequently the only commerce be
TO FANNY KEATS
43 for the pur
tween spirits will be by their intelligence her a present of facescreens and a workof each other when they will completely bag for Mrs. D. - they were really very understand each other, while we in this pretty. From Walthamstow we walked to world merely comprehend each other in
- where I felt so tired from different degrees — the higher the degree my long walk that I was obliged to go to of good so higher is our Love and friend- Bed at ten. Mr. and Mrs. Keasle were ship. I have been so little used to writing there. Haslam has been excessively kind, lately that I am afraid you will not smoke and his anxiety about you is great ; I never my meaning so I will give an example- meet him but we have some chat thereon. Suppose Brown or Haslam or any one He is always doing me some good turn whom I understand in the next degree to he gave me this thin paper what I do you, were in America, they would pose of writing to you. I have been passbe so much the farther from me in propor- ing an hour this morning with Mr. Lewistion as their identity was less impressed he wants news of you very much. Haydon
Now the reason why I do not was here yesterday - he amused us much feel at the present moment so far from you by speaking of young Hoppner who went is that I remember your Ways and Man- with Captain Ross on a voyage of discovery ners and actions ; I know your manner of to the Poles. The Ship was sometimes enthinking, your manner of feeling : I know tirely surrounded with vast mountains and what shape your joy or your sorrow would crags of ice, and in a few Minutes not a take; I know the manner of your walking, particle was to be seen all round the Horistanding, sauntering, sitting down, laugh- Once they met with so vast a Mass ing, punning, and every action so truly that that they gave themselves over for lost ; you seem near to me. You will remember their last resource was in meeting it with me in the same manner
- and the more the Bowsprit, which they did, and split it when I tell you that I shall read a passage asunder and glided through it as it parted, of Shakspeare every Sunday at ten o'Clock for a great distance one Mile and more.
- you read one at the same time, and we Their eyes were so fatigued with the etershall be as near each other as blind bodies nal dazzle and whiteness that they lay down can be in the same room.
on their backs upon deck to relieve their I saw your Mother the day before yes- sight on the blue sky. Hoppner describes his terday, and intend now frequently to pass dreadful weariness at the continual day – half a day with her- she seem'd toler- the sun ever moving in a circle round above ably well. I called in Henrietta Street and their heads so pressing upon him that he so was speaking with your Mother about could not rid himself of the sensation even Miss Millar we had a chat about Heir- in the dark Hold of the Ship. The Esqui
-she told me I think of 7 or eight maux are described as the most wretched dying Swains. Charles was not at home. of Beings they float from their summer I think I have heard a little more talk to their winter residences and back again about Miss Keasle — all I know of her is like white Bears on the ice floats. They she had a new sort of shoe on of bright seem never to have washed, and so when leather like our Knapsacks. Miss Millar their features move the red skin shows begave me one of her confounded pinches. neath the cracking peel of dirt. They had N. B. did not like it. Mrs. Dilke went no notion of any inhabitants in the World with me to see Fanny last week, and Has- but themselves. The sailors who had not lam went with me last Sunday. She was seen a Star for some time, when they came well — she gets a little plumper and had a again southwards on the hailing of the first little Colour. On Sunday I brought from revision of one, all ran upon deck with feel.
ings of the most joyful naturc. Haydon's shall be the only Dandy there — and indeed eyes will not suffer him to proceed with his I merely comply with the invitation that Picture — his Physician tells him he must the party may not be entirely destitute of remain two months more, inactive. Hunt a specimen of that race.
I shall appear in keeps on in his old way - I am completely a complete dress of purple, Hat and all tired of it all. He has lately publish'd a with a list of the beauties I have conquered Pocket Book called the literary Pocket- embroidered round my Calves. Book — full of the most sickening stuff you can imagine. Reynolds is well; he has be
Thursday (December 24]. come an Edinburgh Reviewer. I have not This morning is so very fine, I should heard from Bailey. Rice I have seen very
have walked over to Walthamstow if I had little of lately — and I am very sorry for it. thought of it yesterday. What are you The Miss R's. are all as usual. Archer doing this morning ? Have you a clear above all people called on me one day — he bard frost as we have? How do you come wanted some information by my means, on with the gun? Have you shot a Buffrom Hunt and Haydon, concerning some falo ? Have you met with any Pheasants ? Man they knew. I got him what he wanted, My Thoughts are very frequently in a forbut know none of the whys and wherefores. | eign Country I live more out of England Poor Kirkman left Wentworth Place one than in it. The Mountains of Tartary are evening about half - past eight and was a favourite lounge, if I happen to miss the stopped, beaten and robbed of his Watch in Alleghany ridge, or have no whim for Pond Street. I saw him a few days since; Savoy. There must be great pleasure in he had not recovered from his bruises. I pursuing game pointing your gun — no, called on Hazlitt the day I went to Rom
it won't do — now, no - rabbit it ney Street.- I gave John Hunt extracts bang — smoke and feathers · where is it? from your letters - he has taken no notice. Shall you be able to get a good pointer or I have seen Lamb lately – Brown and I so ? Have you seen Mr. Trimmer? He were taken by Hunt to Novello's — there is an acquaintance of Peachey's Now I we were devastated and excruciated with am not addressing myself to G. minor, and bad and repeated puns — Brown don't want yet I am for you are one. to go again. We went the other evening some warm furs ? By your next Letters I to see Brutus a new Tragedy by Howard shall expect to hear exactly how you go on Payne, an American — Kean was excellent - smother nothing — let us have all ; fair
the play was very bad. It is the first and foul, all plain. Will the little bairn time I have been since I went with you to have made his entrance before you have the Lyceum.
this ? Kiss it for me, and when it can first Mrs. Brawne who took Brown's house know a cheese from a Caterpillar show it for the Summer, still resides in Hampstead. my picture twice a Week. You will be She is a very nice woman, and her daughter glad to hear that Gifford's attack upon me senior 46 is I think beautiful and elegant, has done me service - it has got my Book graceful, silly, fashionable and strange. among several sets — Nor must I forget to We have a little tiff now and then and mention once more what I she behaves a little better, or I must have has told you, the present of a £25 note I sheered off. I find by a sidelong report had anonymously sent me. from your Mother that I am to be invited things to tell you the best way will be to Miss Millar's birthday dance. Shall I to make copies of my correspondence; and dance with Miss Waldegrave ? Eh! I shall I must not forget the Sonnet I received be obliged to shirk a good many there. I with the Note. Last Week I received the
I have many he always found excuses for Blackwood till with Endymion. I had just finished the Poem
following from Woodhouse whom you must been happy to have acknowledged to him, recollect:
through the advantage of your communication, the very rare delight my sister and myself have
enjoyed from the first fruits of Genius. I hope 'MY DEAR KEATS -I send enclosed a Let
the ill-natured Review will not have damaged' ter, which when read take the trouble to return
(or damped) 'such true Parnassian fire – it to me. The History of its reaching me is this.
ought not, for when Life is granted, etc.' My Cousin, Miss Frogley of Hounslow, borrowed my copy of Endymion for a specified time. Before she had time to look into it, she and my - and so she goes on.
Now I feel more friend Mr. Hy. Neville of Esher, who was house obliged than flattered by this — so obliged Surgeon to the late Princess Charlotte, insisted
that I will not at present give you an exupon having it to read for a day or two, and undertook to make my Cousin's peace with me on
travaganza of a Lady Romancer. I will be account of the extra delay. Neville told me
introduced to them if it be merely for the that one of the Misses Porter (of romance Cele- pleasure of writing to you about it - I brity) had seen it on his table, dipped into it, shall certainly see a new race of People. and expressed a wish to read it. I desired he
I shall more certainly have no time for should keep it as long and lend it to as many as them. he pleased, provided it was not allowed to slum
Hunt has asked me to meet Tom Moore ber on any one's shelf. I learned subsequently from Miss Frogley that these Ladies had re- some day so you shall hear of him. The quested of Mr. Neville, if he was acquainted Night we went to Novello's there was a with the Author, the Pleasure of an introduc- complete set to of Mozart and punning. I tion. About a week back the enclosed was transmitted by Mr. Neville to my Cousin, as a
was so completely tired of it that if I were species of Apology for keeping her so long with
to follow my own inclinations I should out the Book, and she sent it to me, knowing
never meet any one of that set again, not that it would give me Pleasure I forward it even Hunt, who is certainly a pleasant felto you for somewhat the same reason, but prin- low in the main when you are with him cipally because it gives me the opportunity of but in reality he is vain, egotistical, and naming to you (which it would have been fruitless to do before) the opening there is for an in
disgusting in matters of taste and in morals. troduction to a class of society from which you
He understands many a beautiful thing; may possibly derive advantage, as well as quali- but then, instead of giving other minds fication, if you think proper to avail yourself of credit for the same degree of perception as it. In such a case I should be very happy to he himself professes - he begins an explafurther your Wishes. But do just as you please.
nation in such a curious manner that our The whole is entirely entre nous. • Yours, etc.,
taste and self-love is offended continually.
Hunt does one harm by making fine Well — now this is Miss Porter's Letter things petty, and beautiful things hateful. to Neville
Through him I am indifferent to Mozart,
I care not for white Busts DEAR SIR — As my Mother is sending a glorious thing when associated with him Messenger to Esher, I cannot but make the becomes a nothing. This distorts one's same the bearer of my regrets for not having mind makes one's thoughts bizarre had the pleasure of seeing you the morning you called at the gate. I had given orders to be
perplexes one in the standard of Beauty. denied, I was so very unwell with my still ad
Martin is very much irritated against hesive cold; but had I known it was you I Blackwood for printing some Letters in his should have taken off the interdict for a few Magazine which were Martin's property – minutes, to say how very much I am delighted
he himself was injured, and now he is enand have done as you permitted, lent it to Miss Fitzgerald. I regret you are not personally raged. I have been several times thinking acquainted with the Author, for I should have whether or not I should send you the Ex
and many a
aminers, as Birkbeck no doubt has all the morning to know when the Packet sails, good periodical Publications — I will save and till it does I will write something every them at all events. I must not forget to day — After that my journal shall go on mention how attentive and useful Mrs. like clockwork, and you must not complain Bentley has been - I am very sorry to of its dulness — for what I wish is to write leave her — but I must, and I hope she will a quantity to you — knowing well that dulnot be much a loser by it. Bentley is very ness itself will from me be interesting to well — he has just brought me a clothes’- you — You may conceive how this not havbasket of Books. Brown has gone to town ing been done has weighed upon me. I to-day to take his Nephews who are on a shall be able to judge from your next what visit here to see the Lions. I am passing sort of information will be of most service a Quiet day — which I have not done for a or amusement to you. Perhaps as you were long while — and if I do continue so, I feel fond of giving me sketches of character I must again begin with my poetry for if you may like a little picnic of scandal even I am not in action mind or Body I am in across the Atlantic. But now I must speak pain — and from that I suffer greatly by particularly to you, my dear Sister for I going into parties where from the rules of know you love a little quizzing better than society and a natural pride I am obliged to a great bit of apple dumpling. Do you smother my Spirit and look like an Idiot - know Uncle Redhall ? He is a little Man because I feel my impulses given way to with an innocent powdered upright head, would too much amaze them. I live under he lisps with a protruded under lip— he an everlasting restraint - never relieved has two Nieces, each one wonld weigh three except when I am composing
so I will
of him one for height and the other for breadth — he knew Bartolozzi. He gave a
supper, and ranged his bottles of wine all Friday (December 25]. up the Kitchen and cellar stairs — quite I think you knew before you left Eng- ignorant of what might be drunk - It land that my next subject would be the might have been a good joke to pour on fall of Hyperion. I went on a little with the sly bottle after bottle into a washing it last night, but it will take some time to tub, and roar for more — - If
you were to get into the vein again. I will not give you trip him up it would discompose a Pigtail any extracts because I wish the whole to and bring his under lip nearer to his nose. make an impression. I have however a few He never had the good luck to lose a silk Poems which you will like, and I will copy Handkerchief in a Crowd, and therefore out on the next sheet. I shall dine with has only one topic of conversation — BarHaydon on Sunday, and go over to Wal- tolozzi. Shall I give you Miss Brawne ? thamstow on Monday if the frost hold. I She is about my height - with a fine style think also of going into Hampshire this of countenance of the lengthened sort Christmas to Mr. Snook's — they say I she wants sentiment in every feature shall be very much amused — But I don't she manages to make her hair look well know I think I am in too huge a Mind - her nostrils are fine - though a little for study - I must do it - I must wait at painful — her mouth is bad and good — her home and let those who wish come to see Profile is better than her full-face which
I cannot always be (how do you spell indeed is not full but pale and thin without it ?) trapsing. Here I must tell you that I showing any bone. Her shape is very have not been able to keep the journal or graceful and so are her movements — her write the Tale I promised
- now I shall be
Arms are good her hands baddish — her able to do so. I will write to Haslam this feet tolerable. She is not seventeen - but