The Letters of John Keats

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spirits a great height above freezing point and live in expectation of good news next summer. Louisville is not such a Monstrous distance: if Georgiana liv'd at York it would be just as far off. You see George will make nothing of the journey here and back. His absence will have been perhaps a fortunate thing for Georgiana, for the pleasure of his return will be so great that it will wipe away the consciousness of many troubles felt before very deeply. She will see him return'd from us and be convinced that the separation is not so very formidable although the Atlantic is between. If George succeeds it will be better certainly that they should stop in America: if not why not return? It is better in ill luck to have at least the comfort of ones friends than to be shipwreck'd among Americans. But I have good hopes as far as I can judge from what I have heard from George. He should by this time be taught Alertness and Carefulness--If they should stop in America for five or six years let us hope they may have about Three Children: then the eldest will be getting old enough to be society. The very crying will keep their ears employed, and their spirits from being melancholy. Mrs Millar I hear continues confined to her Chamber--if she would take my advice I should recommend her to keep it till the middle of April and then go to some Sea-town in Devonshire which is sheltered from the east wind--which blows down the channel very briskly even in April.1 Give my Compliments to Miss Millar and Miss Waldegrave.

Your affectionate friend

John Keats.


196. To FANNY BRAWNE. 〈March1820?〉 Address: Miss Brawne No postmark.

My dearest Love,

You must not stop so long in the cold--I have been suspecting that window to be open.--You〈r〉 Note half- cured me. When I want some more oranges I will tell you these are just a propos. I am kept from food so feel rather

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Mrs. Millar, or Miller, died some time before the 18th of June 1820; see the letter from George Keats to John, p. 494.

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