The Letters of John Keats

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ness on the kitchen stairs 8 dozen--Every one enquires after you--and every one desires their remembrances to you. You must get well Tom and then I shall feel 'Whole and general as the casing Air'.1 Give me as many Letters as you like and write to Sawrey soon--I received a short Letter from Bailey about Crips and one from Haydon ditto--Haydon thinks he improves very much Here〈s〉 a happy twelveth day to you and may we pass the next together--Mrs Wells desires2 particularly to Tom and her respects to George--and I desire no better than to be ever Your most affectionate

Brother John--

I had not opened the Champion before--I find both my articles in it--


35. To JOHN TAYLOR. Saturday 10 Jan. 1818.

Address: Mr J. Taylor Bond Street.

Postmark: 10 JA 1818.

Saturday morning

My dear Taylor,

Several things have kept me from you lately:--first you had got into a little hell,3 which I was not anxious to reconnoitre. Secondly, I have made a vow not to call again without my first book:4 So you may expect to see me in four days.5 Thirdly, I have been racketing too much, & do not feel over well. I have seen Wordsworth frequently--Dined with him last Monday--Reynolds, I suppose you have seen. Just scribble me thus many lines, to let me know you are in the land of the living, & well. Remember me to the Fleet Street Household--And should you see any from Percy Street, give my kindest regards to them.

Your sincere friend John Keats

____________________
1
'Macbeth', III. iv. 23--'As broad and general as the casing air'. Cf. Letter 61, p. 132.
2
I think Keats left out a word here: there is no apostrophe after 'Wells', as previously printed.
3
Mr. Blunden suggests that Taylor's 'little hell' meant the dispute between him and Leigh Hunt over the transference of 'Rimini'.
4
i.e. of "'Endymion'" as written fair and revised for the press. If the date to which the last paragraph of Letter 37 is assigned is correct, Taylor did not receive the 'copy' before the 20th of January: see p. 82.
5
It was more like ten days, see p. 82.

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