The Letters of John Keats

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ever on one very beautiful day I had a fine Clamber over the Rocks all along as far as that place: I shall be in Town in about Ten days.--We go by way of Bath on purpose to call on Bailey. I hope soon to be writing to you about the things of the north, purposing to wayfare all over those parts. I have settled my accoutrements in my own mind, and will go to gorge wonders: However we'll have some days together before I set out--

I have many reasons for going wonder-ways: to make my winter chair free from spleen1--to enlarge my vision-- to escape disquisitions on Poetry and Kingston Criticism2 --to promote digestion and economise shoe-leather--I'll have leather buttons and belt; and if Brown holds his mind, over the Hills we go.--If my Books will help me to it,--thus will I take all Europe in turn,3 and see the Kingdoms of the Earth and the glory of them--Tom is getting better he hopes you may meet him at the top o' the hill--

My Love to your nurses. I am ever Your affectionate Friend, John Keats.


61. To JOHN HAMILTON REYNOLDS. Friday 〈10 April 1818〉.

Address: John H. Reynolds Esq ∣ Little Brittain ∣ Christs Hospital London.

Friday Postmark: not recorded.

My dear Reynolds,

I am anxious you shod find this Preface4 tolerable. If there is an affectation in it, 'tis natural to me--Do let the Printer's Devil cook it, and let me be as 'the casing air'.5

You are too good in this Matter--were I in your state, I am certain I should have no thought but of discontent and illness--I might tho' be taught patience: I had an idea of giving no Preface; however, don't you think this had better go?.--O, let it--one should not be too timid--of committing faults.

The Climate here weighs us 〈down〉 completely--Tom

____________________
1
Cf. "'Fancy'," ll. 16, 25.
2
The reference is probably to Kingston the Commissioner of Stamps. See Letter 34, pp. 75-6.
3
Cf. Letter 59, p. 128.
4
The preface published with 'Endymion'.
5
"'Macbeth', III". iv. 23. Cf. Letter 34, note 2, p. 78.

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