The Letters of John Keats

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Haydon and all his creation. I pray thee let me know when you go to Ollier's and where he resides--this I forgot to ask you--and tell me also when you will help me waste a sullen day--God 'ield you--1

J K


4. To CHARLES COWDEN CLARKE. 〈Nov. 1816.〉

No address or postmark.

To C. C. C. greeting

Whereas I have received a Note from that worthy Gentleman Mr Haydon, to the purport of his not being able to see us on this days Evening for that he hath an order for the Orchestra to see Timon ye Misantrophas, and begging us to excuse the same--it behooveth me to make this thing known to you for a manifest Reason.

So I rest your Hermit-- John Keats.


5. To BENJAMIN ROBERT HAYDON. Wednesday 20 Nov. 〈1816〉.

No address or postmark. Nov 20th

My dear Sir-- Last Evening wrought me up, and I cannot forbear sending you the following--

Yours unfeignedly John Keats.--

____________________
1
Cf. 'Hamlet', IV. V. 42.
4
Amy Lowell, printing this note either from the original or from a transcript in the collection of the late Mr. F. Holland Day (see ' John Keats' , i. 202), believed it, although undated, to refer to the visit already planned on the 31st of October, because 'Timon of Athens' was on at Drury Lane for the ten days beginning on Monday, the 28th of October, and ending with the performance of Wednesday, the 6th of November.
5
Concerning the sonnet in this letter, Lord Houghton records that ' Haydon in his acknowledgement, suggested the omission of part of it; and also mentioned that he would forward it to Wordsworth'. The hiatus was not in the sonnet originally, the line being filled up with the words in a distant Mart; but in a second copy written by Keats to accompany Letter 6 those words are omitted and dashes are substituted. When this note was printed in the second volume of 'Benjamin Robert Haydon: Correspondence and Table Talk', the close was given thus:

'Yours imperfectly, John Keats.'

But unfeignedly is certainly the word.

Colvin, both in his "'Men of Letters'" Keats and in his edition of

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