The Letters of John Keats

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not sport the Sir Lucius1 to any advantage--And now for this time I bid you good by--I have been thi〈nki〉ng of these sheets so long that I appear in closing them to take my leave of you--but that is not it--I shall immediately as I send this off begin my journal--when some days I shall write no more than 10 lines and others 10 times as much. Mrs Dilke is knocking at the wall for Tea is ready --I will tell you what sort of a tea it is and then bid you-- Good bye--This is monday moming2--nothing particular happened yesterday evening, except that when the tray came up Mrs Dilke and I had a battle with celery stalks-- she sends her love to you--I shall close this and send it immediately to Haslam--remaining ever

My dearest brother and sister
Your most affectionate Brother
John--


From MARIA DILKE to FANNY KEATS. Friday 18 Dec. 1818.

Address: Miss Keats ∣ Miss Tuckey's ∣ Walthamstow

Postmark not recorded.

Decr 18th, 1818--
Wentworth Place
Near Pond Street
Hampstead.

I know not how to express my thanks my dear Miss Keats for your very kind present,3 and fear much I am depriving some other Friend of them, they are very beautiful, and I shall value them much, do you think I may hope for the pleasure of your Company? Your Brother is staying with Mr. Brown and our next door Neighbour so that he would be with us constantly. Pray do give my Compliments to Mrs. Abbey and ask her to allow you to come, say that both myself and Mr. Dilke will take the greatest care of you, and do everything in our power to make you comfortable. Your Brother has just been with us, and is very well, he got home very well the other Evening, but not till past 10 o'clock, very cold and very hungry both. I must now conclude and should like to hear from you much, believing me to be

yours most sincerely
Maria Dilke

Please to present my Compts to Miss Tuckey

____________________
1
Sir Lucius O'Trigger in Sheridan 'The Rivals'.
2
The 4th of January, 1819.
3
Face-screens and a work-bag: see Letter 98, p. 247.

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