Address: Benjamin Robert Haydon ∣ Lisson Grove North ∣ Paddington
Postmarks: HAMPSTEAD and JA 10 1818
My dear Haydon,
I should have seen you ere this, but on account of my sister being in Town: so that when I have sometimes made ten paces towards you, Fanny has called me into the City; and the Xmas Holydays are your only time to see Sisters, that is if they are so situated as mine. I will be with you early next week--to night it should be, but we have a sort of a Club every Saturday evening--to morrow--but I have on that day an insuperable engagement--Crips has been down to me, and appears sensible that a binding to you would be of the greatest advantage to him--if such a thing be done it cannot be before £150 or £200 are secured in subscriptions to him. I will write to Bailey about it, give a Copy of the Subscribers names to every one I know who is likely to get a £5 for him. I will leave a Copy at Taylor and Hesseys, Rodwell and Martin--and will ask Kingston and Co. to cash up.
Your friendship for me is now getting into its teens--and I feel the past. Also eve〈r〉y day older I get--the greater is my idea of your atchievements in Art: and I am convinced that there are three things to rejoice at in this Age--The Excursion Your Pictures, and Hazlitt's depth of Taste.
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My dear Keats, I feel greatly delighted by your high opinion, allow me to add sincerely a fourth to be proud of--John Keats' genius!--this I speak from my heart--You & Bewick are the only men I ever liked with all my heart, for Wordsworth being older, there is no equality tho' I reverence him and love him devotedly--and now you know my peculiar feelings in wishing to have a notice when you cannot keep an engagement with me; there can never be as long as we live any ground of dispute between us--My Friendship for you is beyond its teens, & beginning to ripen to maturity--I always saw through your nature at once & you shall always find me a devoted & affectionate Brother.--With respect to Cripps, I sincerely think it would be for