I am nearly as bad again--Just now I opened Spencer, and the first Lines I saw were these.--
"The noble Heart that harbors virtuous thought,
And is with Child of glorious great intent,
Can never rest, until it forth have brought
Th' eternal Brood of Glory excellent--"1
Let me know particularly about Haydon; ask him to write to me about Hunt, if it be only ten lines--I hope all is well --I shall forthwith begin my Endymion,2 which I hope I shall have got some way into by the time you come, when we will read our verses in a delightful place I have set my heart upon near the Castle--Give my Love to your Sisters severally--To George and Tom--Remember me to Rice Mr and Mrs Dilk〈e〉 and all we know--
Your sincere Friend John Keats.
Direct J. Keats, Mrs Cook's new Village, Carisbrooke
Address: Leigh Hunt Esqre ∣ P. B. Shelley's Esqre ∣ Gt Marlow ∣ Bucks--
Postmarks: 11 MY 1817 and 12 MY 1817.
Margate May 10th--
My dear Hunt,
The little Gentleman that sometimes lurks in a gossips bowl ought to have come in very likeness of a coasted3 crab and choaked me outright for not having answered your Letter ere this--however you must not suppose that I was in Town to receive it; no, it followed me to the isle of Wight and I got it just as I was going to pack up for Margate, for reasons which you anon shall hear. On arriving at this treeless affair I wrote to my Brother George to request C. C. C.4 to do the thing you wot of respecting Rimini; and George tells me he has undertaken it with great Pleasure; so I hope there has been an understanding between you for many Proofs-- --C. C. C. is well acquainted with____________________