The Letters of John Keats

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talked about Ghosts. I will have some talk with Taylor and let you know--when please God I come down at Christmas. I will find that Examiner if possible. My best regards to Gleig. My Brothers to you and Mrs Bentley's

Your affectionate friend
John Keats--

I want to say much more to you--a few hints will set me going.

Direct Burford Bridge near dorking


32. To GEORGE and THOMAS KEATS. Sunday 〈21 Dec. 1817〉.

Address and postmark not recorded.

My dear Brothers, Hampstead Sunday

I must crave your pardon for not having written ere this. * * * I saw Kean return to the public in ' Richard III.'1, and finely he did it, and, at the request of Reynolds, I went to criticize his Luke in Riches. The critique is in to-day's "'Champion'", which I send you, with the Examiner, in which you will find very proper lamentation on the obsoletion of Christmas Gambols and pastimes:2 but it was mixed up with so much egotism of that drivelling nature that pleasure is entirely lost. Hone, the publisher's trial, you must find very amusing; and, as Englishmen, very encouraging--his Not Guilty is a thing, which not to have been, would have dulled still more Liberty's Emblazoning--LordEllenborough has been paid in his own

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with John Scott and killed him. Strange that this quarrel and the consequent loss of life of Scott, the Editor of the "London Magazine", is not once alluded to [in the "Life, Letters", &c.], although the quarrel originated in the attack on Lockhart as the writer of the articles on the Cockney School, or as Editor of "Blackwood". Christie I had met before and have since the duel: and he appeared to be a mild amiable man.'--H.B.F.
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Kean played the Duke of Gloucester in Shakespeare 'King Richard the Third' on December 15, and Luke in 'Riches' on December 18. Keats's critique appeared in The Champion of December 21, and was reprinted in Forman's edition of Keats's works in 1883.
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'Christmas and other old National Merry-makings considered, with reference to the Nature of the Age, and to the Desirableness of their Revival'. Leigh Hunt in The Examiner, December 21 and 28, 1817.

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