By the Whim King! I'll give you a Stanza, because it is not material in connection and when I wrote it I wanted you to--give your vote, pro or con.--
Crystalline Brother of the belt of Heaven,
Aquarius! to whom King Jove hath given
Two liquid pulse-streams! 'stead of feather'd wings--
Two fan-like fountains--thine illuminings
For Dian play:
Dissolve the frozen purity of air;
Let thy white shoulders silvery and bare,
Show cold through watery pinions: make more bright
The Star-Queen's Crescent on her marriage night:
Haste Haste away!1--
Now I hope I shall not fall off in the winding up, as the woman said to the 2--I mean up and down. I see there is an advertizement in the Chronicle to Poets--he is so overloaded with poems on the late Princess.3--I Suppose you do not lack--send me a few--lend me thy hand to laugh a little4--send me a little pullet sperm,5 a few finch eggs6--and remember me to each of our Card playing Club--When you die you will all be turned into Dice, and be put in pawn with the Devil--for Cards they crumple up7 like any King--I mean John in the stage play what pertains Prince Arthur.
Your affectionate friend
Give my love to both houses8--hinc atque illinc.
Address: Mr B. Bailey ∣ Magdalen Hall ∣ Oxford--
Postmarks: LEATHERHEAD and 22 NO 1817.
My dear Bailey,
I will get over the first part of this (unsaid)9 Letter as soon as possible for it relates to the affair of poor Crips--____________________