Address: Mr Wm Mayor ∣ Gibbons Buildings ∣ Islington.
Postmarks: HAMPSTEAD, CAMDEN TOWN and 4 FE 1819.
Wentworth Place Hampstead--
My dear Mayor,
I have not been entirely well for some time--all from my own fault of exposing myself to the Weather contrary to medical orders--I am now getting better: but cannot yet venture out. Believe me I am very sorry for it. In about a fortnight I will see you either in Town or at Islington. In the mean time, could you spare a day for Hampste〈a〉d? You can have a bed--Do come by the coach, and enquire your way through Pond street, to Mr Brown's, Wentworth Place--This will be charitable to one not ill enough to forget out-of-doors.
Remember me to your Cousin--and to all whom I may know--If C.C.C. should chance to be with you--give my particular greeting to him; with the assurance of my constant idea of him--notwithstanding our long separation and my antipathy = indolentissimum to letter writing.
Yours truly John Keats
Address: Miss Keats.
No postmark: probably sent by coach.
Wentworth Place-- Feby. Thursday--
My dear Fanny,
Your Letter to me at Bedhampton hurt me very much,-- What objection can the〈r〉e be to your receiving a Letter____________________
112 William Mayor was apparently living with his father at Sebbons (not Gibbons) Buildings at this time. He was a pupil of Haydon's in whose studio he met the Landseers, William Bewick, and George Lance. About 1822 he started travelling on the continent where in the course of a long life he acquired a fine collection of paintings representative of the continental schools. He was a dealer as well as a collector, and when he died in 1874 his pictures were sold and many of them passed into Sir Edward Poynter's collection.