The Letters of John Keats

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even now taken place in fact--I think it cannot be-- Tom is not up yet--I cannot say he is better. I have not heard from George.

Yr affecte friend
John Keats.

From BENJAMIN ROBERT HAYDON to KEATS. Friday 25 Sept. 1818.

Postmark: 1818.

Bridgewater, Sept. 25th

My dear Keats

Here I am as Shakespeare says 'Chewing the cud of sweet & bitter fancy,' solitary in the midst of society with no human being to exchange a notion with except my sister and she begins to be so occupied with her little brats that if I attempt to quote Shakespeare to her I am ordered into silence for fear I should wake the children--I came here for repose of mind--as I am now getting better I am again on the rack to be again in the midst of all the objects of my ambition.--I am getting about again my hero--and I hope to God I shall yet finish my picture to the satisfaction of all of you.--I am longing to be among you --and hear your account of your last Tour--if it has done as much good to the inside as the outside of your head you will feel the effects of it as long as you live.--I shall leave this place to-morrow or Monday & hope to be in Town by Wednesday at furthest. I hope your brother Tom does not suffer much--poor fellow--I shall never forget his look when I saw him last.--I can never say as much when I dictate a letter1 as when I write it myself--and this I hope will be a sufficient excuse for not writing a longer one to you--at any rate this is better treatment than you gave me when you went on your Tour.--

Believe me my dear Keats most affectionately & sincerely

Yours ever
B R Haydon.

P.S. to give you an idea of the elegant taste of this place the other day, in company when I illustrated something by a quotation, one of the company said with great simplicity, ' Lord Mr Haydon, you are full of scraps.'--adieu--my eyes will not permit me.

88. To FANNY KEATS. Friday 9 October 1818.

Address: Miss Keats Miss Tuckey's Walthamstow--

Postmarks: HAMPSTEAD and 9 OC 1818.

My dear Fanny,

Poor Tom is about the same as when you saw him last; perhaps weaker--were it not for that I should have been over to pay you a visit these fine days I got to the Stage

Only the signature and postscript are in Haydon's handwriting. The letter is printed from the sale catalogue of the William Harris Arnold Collection, New York, May 1901.


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