I have visited,--but why should I ask a man to pay vigentiple postage? In one word then, --that is to the end of the letter,--let me tell you I have seen one half of the Lakes in Westmoreland & Cumberland,--I have travelled over the whole of the coast of Kirkcudbrightshire, and skudded over to Donaghadee. But I did not like Ireland,--at least that part,--and would go no farther than Belfast. So back came I in a whirligig,--that is in a hurry,--and trotted up to Ayr; where I had the happiness of drinking Whiskey in the very house that Robin Burns was born 〈in〉,--and I saw the banks of bonny Doon,--and the brigs of Ayr,--and Kirk Alloway,--I saw it all! After this we went to Glasgow, & then to Loch Lomond,--but you can read all about that place in one of the fashionable guide-books. Then to Loch Awe and down to the foot of it,--oh, what a glen we went thro' to get at it! At the top of the glen my Itinerary mentioned a place called "Rest and be thankful" nine miles off; now we had set out without breakfast, intending to take our meal there, when, horror and starvation! "Rest and be thankful" was not an Inn, but a stone seat!1
Address: Miss Keats ∣ Miss Tucker's ∣ Walthamstow.
Postmarks: HAMPSTEAD and 19 AU 1818.
Hampstead August 18th.
My dear Fanny,
I am affraid you will 〈think〉 me very negligent in not having answered your Letter--I see it is dated June 12-- I did not arrive at Inverness till the 8th2: of this Month so I am very much concerned at your being disappointed so long a time. I did not intend to have returned to London so soon but have a bad sore throat from a cold I caught in the island of Mull: therefore I thought it best to get home____________________