left. We have been much in want of news from the Theatres having heard that Kean is going to America-- but no--not a word. Why I should come on you with all these complaints, I cannot explain to myself: especially as I suspect you must be in the Country. Do answer me soon for I really must know something. I must steer myself by the rudder of information. And I am in want of a Month's cash--now believe me I do not apply to you as if I thought you had a gold Mine. no. I understand these matters well enough now having become well acquainted with the disbursements every Man is tempted to make beyond his means--From this time I have resolved myself to refuse all such requests: tell me you are not flush and I shall thank you heartily--That is a duty you owe to yourself as well as to me. I have mulcted Brown to〈o〉 much: let it be my last sin of the kind. I will try what use it will be to insist on my debts being paid.
Ever yours sincerely
Address: Hessey Esqre ∣ Taylor and Hessey ∣ Fleet Street ∣ London.
Postmark: WINCHESTER 5 SE 1819.
Winchester, Sunday Septr 5th
My dear Hessey,
I received this morning yours of yesterday enclosing a 30£ bank post bill. I have been in fear of the Winchester Jail for some time: neither Brown nor myself could get an answer from any one. This morning I hear that some unknown part of a Sum due to me and for which I had been waiting three weeks has been sent to Chichester by mistake. Brown has borrow'd money of a friend of his in Hampshire--A few days ago we had but a few shillings left --and now between us we have 60£ besides what is waiting in the Chichester post office. To be a complete Midas I suppose some one will send me a pair of asses ears by the waggon--There has been such an embargo laid on our correspondence that I can scar〈c〉ely believe your Letter was only dated yesterday. It seems miraculous.
Ever yours sincerely
I am sorry to hear such a bad account of himself from Taylor.
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Publication information: Book title: The Letters of John Keats. Edition: 2nd Rev.. Contributors: Maurice Buxton Forman - Editor, John Keats - Author. Publisher: Oxford University Press. Place of publication: New York. Publication year: 1935. Page number: 378.
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