The Letters of John Keats

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From BENJAMIN ROBERT HAYDON to KEATS. Saturday 〈23 January〉 1819.

No address or postmark.

My dear Keats,

Your letter was a balm to my heart & soul; I did not like to write, because it might look like a hint; I did not like to call; I did not 〈know〉 what to do, and you have relieved me. I feel grateful indeed for your kindness & trouble, I have no doubt you will be remunerated by my ultimate triumph. Indeed I have had an earnest this last fortnight of the most glorious kind--My Exhibition has struck a blow my dear fellow, that will sound for ever!--I will walk over to see you Monday if well, & not rainy: the drawings have been felt by all classes to the core of their hearts, and to the core of the core. God give my eyes for ten years & such Friends as you--by Heaven I'll plunge into the bottom of the sea, where plummets have now never sounded, & never will be able to sound, with such impetus that the antipodes shall see my head drive through on their side of the Earth to their dismay & terror.--I am glad you take care of your throat, if you are cautious it will radically leave you; dont trifle & keep it always getting well, but get it quite well. & Believe me my dear Keats most affectionately & ardently attached to you

B. R. Haydon.

You say nothing of your Poem, I will be with you on Monday by 12--if fine

Saturday 21st 1819


III. To CHARLES WENTWORTH DILKE and MARIA DILKE. Sunday 24 Jan. 1819.

From CHARLES BROWN and KEATS.1

Address: To Chas W. Dilke EsqrNavy Pay Office Somerset house London.

Postmark: 25 JA 1819.

Bedhampton. 24th Jany 1819.

Dear Dilke,

This letter is for your Wife, and if you are a Gentleman, you will deliver it to her, without reading one word further. 'read thou Squire. There is a wager depending on this.

My charming dear Mrs Dilke,

It was delightful to receive a letter from you,--but such a letter! what presumption in me to attempt to answer it! Where shall I find, in my poor brain, such gibes, such jeers, such flashes of merriment? Alas! you will say, as you read me, Alas! poor Brown! quite chop

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Of this joint composition Keats's portion is printed in the larger and Brown's portion in the smaller type. The letter was addressed on the outside by Brown.

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