two or three days have been getting a little stronger. I have no hopes of an entire reestablishment of my health under some months of patience. My Physician tells me I must contrive to pass the Winter in Italy. This is all very unfortunate for us--we have no recourse but patience, which I am now practicing better than ever I thought it possible for me. I have this moment received a Letter from Mr Brown, dated Dunvegan Castle, Island of Skye. He is very well in health and Spirits. My new publication has been out for some days and I have directed a Copy to be bound for you, which you will receive shortly. No one can regret Mr Hodgkinson's ill fortune: I must own illness has not made such a Saint of me as to prevent my rejoicing at his reverse. Keep yourself in as good hopes as possible; in case my illness should continue an unreasonable time many of my friends would I trust for my Sake do all in their power to console and amuse you, at the least word from me--You may depend upon it that in case my strength returns I will do all in my power to extricate you from the Abbies. Be above all things careful of your health which is the corner stone of all pleasure.
Your affectionate Brother
Address: Miss Keats ∣ Rd Abbey Esqre ∣ Walthamstow
Postmarks: HAMPSTEAD1 and 22 JY 1820
My dear Fanny,
I have been gaining Strength for some days: it would be well if I could at the same time say I 〈am〉 gaining hopes of a speedy recovery. My constitution has suffered very much for two or three years past, so as to be scar〈c〉ely____________________