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



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

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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