The Letters of John Keats

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when retired from bickering and in a proper philosophical temper. So you must not stare if in any future letter I endeavour to prove that Apollo as he had cat gut strings to his Lyre used a cats' paw as a Pecten--and further from said Pecten's reiterated and continual teasing came the term Hen peck'd. My Brother Tom desires to be remember'd to you--he has just this moment had a spitting of blood poor fellow. Remember me to Greig1 and Whitehe〈a〉d--

Your affectionate friend John Keats--

54. To JOHN HAMILTON REYNOLDS. Saturday 〈14 March 1818〉.

Address: Mr John H. Reynolds Little Brittain Christs Hospital London.

Postmark: not recorded.

Teignmouth Saturday Dear Reynolds,

I escaped being blown over and blown under & trees & house being toppled on me.--I have since hearing of Brown's accident had an aversion to a dose of parapet, and being also a lover of antiquities I would sooner have a harmless piece of herculaneum sent me quietly as a present than ever so modern a chimney pot tumbled onto my heads --Being agog to see some Devonshire, I would have taken a walk the first day, but the rain wod not let me; and the second, but the rain wod not let me; and the third, but the rain forbade it--Ditto 4--ditto 5--ditto--So I made up my Mind to stop in doors, and catch a sight flying between the showers; and behold I saw a pretty valley--pretty cliffs, pretty Brooks, pretty Meadows, pretty trees, both standing as they were created, and blown down as they are uncreated--The green is beautiful, as they say, and pity it is that it is amphibious--mais! but alas! the flowers here wait as naturally for the Rain twice a day as the

Of course Gleig, twice already coupled with Whitehead in Letters 28 and 40, pp. 63, 86.
C. W. Dilke says, 'This alludes to an accident which befell Brown many years before and which must have been about that time first mentioned to Keats and Reynolds. A parapet stone fell and struck Brown on the calf of the leg--a narrower escape a man could not well have. Apparently no great harm done--but it got worse and worse and it was doubtful at last whether he would not have lost the limb. This was years before he knew either Keats or Reynolds.'--H.B.F.


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