most pleasing to you in the confidence you will show them to no one. I have not run quite aground yet I hope, having written this morning to several people to whom I have lent money, requesting repayment. I shall hencefore shake off my indolent fits, and among other reformation be more diligent in writing to you and mind you always answer me. I shall be obliged to go out of town on Saturday1 and shall have no money till tomorrow, so I am very sorry to think I shall not be able to come to Walthamstow. The Head Mr Seve〈r〉n did of me is now too dear but here inclosed is a very capital Profile done by Mr Brown.2 I will write again on Monday or Tuesday-- Mr and Mrs Dilke are well.
Your affectionate Brother John --
Address: B. R. Haydon Esqre ∣ Lisson grove north ∣ Paddington
Imperfect postmarks: HAMPSTEAD and 17 JU.
Thursday Morning Wentworth Place
My dear Haydon,
I know you will not be quite prepared for this, because your Pocket must needs be very low having been at ebb tide so long: but what can I do? mine is lower. I was the day before yesterday much in want of Money: but some news I had yesterday has driven me into necessity. I went to Abbey's for some Cash, and he put into my hand a Letter from my Aunt's Solicitor containing the pleasant information that she was about to file a Bill in Chancery against us. Now in case of a defeat Abbey will be very undeservedly in the wrong box; so I could not ask him for
133. In this letter Keats was only seeking from Haydon the return of money lent: that the correspondence already given eventuated in a small loan to Haydon there can be no doubt, seeing that Keats gives his brother an account of the affair later on, in the Winchester journal-letter of September 1819, p. 418.