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him to you.
begun my walks on the heath again. Mrs. yours. Of course I should never suffer Dilke is getting better than she has been any petty vanity of mine to hinder you in as she has at length taken a Physician's ad- any wise; and therefore I should say "put vice. She ever and anon asks after you the miniature in the exhibition’ if only and always bids me remember her in my myself was to be hurt. But, will it not Letters to you.
She is going to leave hurt you? What good can it do to any Hampstead for the sake of educating their future picture. Even a large picture is son Charles at the Westminster School. lost in that canting place — what a drop of We (Mr. Brown and I) shall leave in the water in the ocean is a Miniature. Those beginning of May; I do not know what I who might chance to see it for the most shall do or where be all the next summer. part if they had ever heard of either of us Mrs. Reynolds has had a sick house ; but and know what we were and of what years they are all well now. You see what news would laugh at the puff of the one and the I can send
you I do — we all live one day vanity of the other. I am however in these like the other as well as you do — the only matters a very bad judge and would addifference is being sick and well — with the vise you to act in a way that appears to variations of single and double knocks, and yourself the best for your interest. As the story of a dreadful fire in the News- your Hermia and Helena' is finished papers. I mentioned Mr. Brown's name send that without the prologue of a Miniayet I do not think I ever said a word about ture. I shall see you soon,
do not He is a friend of mine of pay me a visit sooner there's a Bull for two years' standing, with whom I walked you. Yours ever sincerely through Scotland: who has been
John KEATS. to me in many things when I most wanted his assistance and with whom I keep house
100. TO BENJAMIN ROBERT HAYDON till the first of May — you will know him some day. The name of the young Man
Tuesday (April 13, 1819]. who came with me is William Haslam. MY DEAR HAYDON — When I offered Ever your affectionate Brother John. you assistance I thought I had it in my
hand; I thought I had nothing to do
but to do. The difficulties I met with 98. TO THE SAME
arose from the alertness and suspicion of [Postmark, Hampstead, March 24, 1819.] Abbey: and especially from the affairs MY DEAR FANNY — It is impossible for being still in a Lawyer's hand — who has me to call on you to-day
- for I have par
been draining our Property for the last six ticular Business at the other end of the years of every charge he could make. I Town this morning, and must be back to cannot do two things at once, and thus this Hampstead with all speed to keep a long affair has stopped my pursuits in every agreed on appointment. To-morrow I shall way — from the first prospect I had of see you. Your affectionate Brother difficulty. I assure you I have harrassed JOHN
myself ten times more than if I alone had been concerned in so much gain or loss. I
have also ever told you the exact particu99. TO JOSEPH SEVERN
lars as well as and as literally as any hopes Wentworth Place, Monday Aft. or fear could translate them : for it was
[March 29 ? 1819]. only by parcels that I found all those petty MY DEAR SEVERN — Your note gave me obstacles which for my own sake should some pain, not on my own account, but on not exist a moment — and yet why not
for from my own imprudence and neglect to confess that my neglect of it has been all my accounts are entirely in my Guard- but a small instance of my idleness of late ian's Power. This has taught me a Les- which has been growing upon me, so
Hereafter I will be more correct. that it will require a great shake to get rid I find myself possessed of much less than of it. I have written nothing and almost I thought for and now if I had all on the read nothing — but I must turn over a new table all I could do would be to take from leaf. One most discouraging thing hinders it a moderate two years' subsistence and we have no news yet from George lend you the rest ; but I cannot say how so that I cannot with any confidence consoon I could become possessed of it. This tinue the Letter I have been preparing for would be no sacrifice nor any matter worth him. Many are in the same state with us thinking of — much less than parting as 1 and
have heard from the Settlement. have more than once done with little sums They must be well however: and we must which might have gradually formed a consider this silence as good news. library to my taste. These sums amount dered some bulbous roots for you at the together to nearly £200, which I have Gardener's, and they sent me some, but but a chance of ever being repaid or paid they were all in bud — and could not be at a very distant period. I am humble sent so I put them in our Garden. There enough to put this in writing from the are some beautiful heaths now in bloom in sense I have of your struggling situation Pots - either heaths or some seasonable and the great desire that you should do me plants I will send you instead – perhaps the justice to credit me the unostentatious some that are not yet in bloom that you and willing state of my nerves on all such may see them come out. To-morrow night occasions. It has not been my fault. I I am going to a rout, a thing I am not at am doubly hurt at the slightly reproachful all in love with. Mr. Dilke and his Family tone of your note and at the occasion of it, have left Hampstead — I shall dine with
- for it must be some other disappoint- them to-day in Westminster where I think ment; you seem'd so sure of some impor- I told you they were going to reside for tant help when I last saw you — now you the sake of sending their son Charles to have maimed me again ; I was whole, I the Westminster School. I think I menhad began reading again — when your note tioned the Death of Mr. Haslam's Father. came I was engaged in a Book. I dread | Yesterday week the two Mr. Wylies dined as much as a Plague the idle fever of two with me.
I hope you have good store months more without any fruit. I will of double violets — I think they are the walk over the first fine day : then see what Princesses of flowers, and in a shower of aspect your affairs have taken, and if they rain, almost as fine as barley sugar drops should continue gloomy walk into the City are to a schoolboy's ongue. I suppose to Abbey and get his consent for I am per- this fine weather the lambs' tails give a suaded that to me alone he will not concede frisk or two extraordinary when a boy a jot.
would cry huzzah and a Girl O my! a little
Lamb frisks its tail. I have not been lately 101.
through Leicester Square — the first time I
do I will remember your Seals. I have Wentworth Place [April 13, 1819]. thought it best to live in Town this SumMY DEAR FANNY -I have been expect- mer, chiefly for the sake of books, which ing a Letter from you about what the Par- cannot be had with any comfort in the son said to your answers. I have thought Country — besides my Scotch journey gave also of writing to you often, and I am sorry me a dose of the Picturesque with which I
TO FANNY KEATS
TO THE SAME
ought to be contented for some time. West- like fine weather, and health, and Books, minster is the place I have pitched upon and a fine country, and a contented Mind, the City or any place very confined would and diligent habit of reading and thinking, soon turn me pale and thin- which is to and an amulet against the ennui — and, be avoided. You must make up your mind please heaven, a little claret wine cool out to get stout this summer indeed I have of a cellar a mile deep — with a few or a an idea we shall both be corpulent old folks good many ratafia cakes - - a rocky basin to with tripple chins and stumpy thumbs. bathe in, a strawberry bed to say your Your affectionate Brother John. prayers to Flora in, a pad nag to go you
ten miles or so; two or three sensible 102.
people to chat with ; two or three spiteful
folks to spar with ; two or three odd fishes Wentworth Place, Saturday. to laugh at and two or three numskulls to (April 17, 1819 ?.]
argue with:- instead of using dumb bells MY DEAR FANNY If it were but six
on a rainy dayo'Clock in the morning I would set off to
[Keats goes on with the same play, dropping see you to-day: if I should do so now I into the rhymes .Two or three Posies' given could not stop long enough for a how d'ye above, p. 251.] do - it is so long a walk through Hornsey Good-bye I've an appointment — can't and Tottenham and as for Stage Coach- stop pon
word good-bye ing it besides that it is very expensive it is don't get up- open the door mylike going into the Boxes by way of the
self-good-bye — see ye Monday. pit. I cannot go out on Sunday — but if
J. K. on Monday it should promise as fair as to-day I will put on a pair of loose easy
103, palatable boots and me rendre chez vous. I continue increasing my letter [Letter 94]
[Hampstead, May 13, 1819.] to George to send it by one of Birkbeck's MY DEAR FANNY — I have a letter from sons who is going out soon you
will George at last -- and it contains, considerlet me have a few more lines, they will be ing all things, good news — I have been in time. I am glad you got on so well with it to-day to Mrs. Wylie's, with whom I with Mons'. le Curé. Is he a nice cler- have left it. I shall have it again as soon gyman?
- a great deal depends upon a as possible and then I will walk over and cock'd hat and powder — not gunpowder, read it to you. They are quite well and lord love us, but lady-meal, violet-smooth, settled tolerably in comfort after a great dainty - scented, lilly-white, feather-soft, deal of fatigue and harass. They had the wigsby - dressing, coat - collar - spoiling, good chance to meet at Louisville with a whisker-reaching, pig-tail-loving, swans
Schoolfellow of ours. You may expect me down-puffing, parson-sweetening powder. within three days. I am writing to-night I shall call in passing at the Tottenbam several notes concerning this to many of nursery and see if I can find some season- my friends. Good night ; God bless you. able plants for you. That is the nearest
JOHN KEATS. place — or by our laʼkin or lady kin, that is by the virgin Mary's kindred, is there not
104. a twig-manufacturer in Walthamstow ? Mr. and Mrs. Dilke are coming to dine [Postmark, Hampstead, May 13, 1819.) with us to-day. They will enjoy the coun- MY DEAR HASLAM We have news at try after Westminster O there is nothing last — and tolerably good — they have not
TO THE SAME
TO WILLIAM HASLAM
gone to the Settlement — they are both in memento as your Letters to bring you back good Health - I read the letter to Mrs. to me. Why have I not written before ? Wylie today and requested her after her Why did I not answer your Honiton LetSons had read it — they would enclose it ter? I had no good news for you - every to you immediately which was faithfully concern of ours, (ours I wish I could say) promised. Send it me like Lightning that and still I must say ours — - though George I may take it to Walthamstow.
is in America and I have no Brother left. Yours ever and amen,
Though in the midst of my troubles I had JOHN KEATS. no relation except my young sister — I
have had excellent friends. Mr. B. at 105. TO FANNY KEATS
whose house I now am, invited me, I
have been with him ever since. I could [Hampstead, May 26, 1819.]
not make up my mind to let you know MY DEAR FANNY — I have been looking these things. Nor should I now - but see for a fine day to pass at Walthamstow : what a little interest will do- I want you there has not been one Morning (except to do me a Favor; which I will first ask Sunday and then I was obliged to stay at and then tell you the reasons. Enquire in home) that I could depend upon. I have the Villages round Teignmouth if there is I am sorry to say had an accident with the
any Lodging commodious for its cheapLetter - I sent it to Haslam and he re- ness ; and let me know where it is and turned it torn into a thousand pieces. So I what price. I have the choice as it were... shall be obliged to tell you all I can remem- of two Poisons (yet I ought not to call this ber from Memory. You would have heard a Poison) the one is voyaging to and from from me before this but that I was in con- India for a few
years ; the other is leading tinual expectation of a fine Morning ~I a fevrous life alone with Poetry This want also to speak to you concerning myself. latter will suit me best ; for I cannot reMind I do not purpose to quit England, as solve to give up my Studies. George has done ; but I am afraid I shall It strikes me it would not be quite so be forced to take a voyage or two. How- proper for you to make such inquiries ever we will not think of that for some give my love to your mother and ask her Months. Should it be a fine morning to
to do it. Yes, I would rather conquer my morrow you will see me.
indolence and strain my nerves at some Your affectionate Brother JOHN grand Poem than to be in a dunder-headed
indiaman. Pray let no one in Teignmouth 106. TO MISS JEFFREY
know anything of this. Fanny must by
this time have altered her name — perhaps C. Brown, Esqre's Wentworth Place,
you have also
are you all alive? Give Hampstead [Postmark May 31, 1819]. my Compts to Mrs. MY DEAR LADY — I was making a day have had good news, (tho’ 't is a queerish or two ago a general conflagration of all world in which such things are call'd good) old Letters and Memorandums, which had from George - he and his wife are well. I become of no interest to me I made, will tell you more soon. Especially don't however, like the Barber-inquisitor in Don let the Newfoundland fishermen know itQuixote some reservations
and especially no one else. I have been rest your and your Sister's Letters. I as- always till now almost as careless of the sure you you had not entirely vanished world as a fly - my troubles were all of from my Mind, or even become shadows in the Imagination - My Brother George almy remembrance : it only needed such a ways stood between me and any dealings
your Sister. I
with the world. Now I find I must buffet
name of Bishop's Teigntown — I hope the it - I must take my stand upon some van- road from Teignmouth to Bradley does tage ground and begin to fight -- I must not lie that way - Your advice about the choose between despair and Energy – I Indiaman is a very wise advice, because it choose the latter — though the world has just suits me, though you are a little in the taken on a quakerish look with me, which wrong concerning its destroying the enerI once thought was impossible —
gies of Mind ; on the contrary it would be
the finest thing in the world to strengthen Nothing can bring back the hour
them To be thrown among people who Of splendour in the grass and glory in the flower.'
care not for you, with whom you have no
sympathies forces the Mind upon its own I once thought this a Melancholist's resources, and leaves it free to make its dream
speculations of the differences of human But why do I speak to you in this man- character and to class them with the calmner? No believe me I do not write for a ness of a Botanist. An Indiaman is a little mere selfish
purpose the manner in which world. One of the great reasons that the I have written of myself will convince you. | English have produced the finest writers I do not do so to Strangers. I have not in the world is, that the English world has quite made up my mind. Write me on ill treated them during their lives and the receipt of this and again at your
foster'd them after their deaths. They Leisure ; between whiles you shall hear have in general been trampled aside into from me again
the bye paths of life and seen the festerYour sincere friend JOHN KEATS. ings of Society. They have not been
treated like the Raphaels of Italy. And 107. TO THE SAME
where is the Englishman and Poet who has
given a magnificent Entertainment at the Wentworth Place, [Postmark, June 9, 1819]. christening of one of his Hero's Horses as
MY DEAR YOUNG LADY — I am exceed- Boyardo did ? He had a Castle in the ingly obliged by your two letters Why I Apennine. He was a noble Poet of Rodid not answer your first immediately was mance ; not a miserable and mighty Poet that I have had a little aversion to the of the human Heart. The middle age of South of Devon from the continual remem- Shakspeare was all couded over; his brance of my Brother Tom. On that ac- days were not more happy than Hamlet's count I do not return to my old Lodgings who is perhaps more like Shakspeare himin Hampstead though the people of the self in his common everyday Life than any house have become friends of mine — This, other of his characters Ben Johnson however, I could think nothing of, it can (sic) was a common Soldier and in the Low do no more than keep one's thoughts em- countries, in the face of two armies, fought ployed for a day or two. I like your de- a single combat with a french Trooper and scription of Bradley very much and I dare slew him For all this I will not go on say shall be there in the course of the sum- board an Indiaman, nor for example’s sake mer; it would be immediately but that a run my head into dark alleys: I dare say friend with ill health and to whom I am my discipline is to come, and plenty of it greatly attached callid on me yesterday too. I have been very idle lately, very and proposed my spending a month with averse to writing ; both from the overhim at the back of the Isle of Wight. This powering idea of our dead poets and from is just the thing at present — the morrow abatement of my love of fame. I hope I will take care of itself – I do not like the am a little more of a Philosopher than I