bruize thy head and thou shall bruize his heel--Christ the Son of David by dying on the Cross triumphed over death and the grave from which he saved mankind; and in that way did he bruize the serpent's head"--
Your affectionate Parson
Address: Miss Keats ∣ Rd Abbey Esqre ∣ Walthamstow
Imperfect postmarks: HAMPSTEAD and 13
My dear Fanny,
I have been expecting a Letter from you about what the Parson said to your answers. I have thought also of writing to you often, and I am sorry to confess that my neglect of it has been but a small instance of my idleness of late-- which has been growing upon me, so that it will require a great shake to get rid of it. I have written nothing, and almost read nothing--but I must turn over a new leaf-- One most discouraging thing hinders me--we have no news yet from George--so that I cannot with any confidence continue the Letter I have been preparing for him. Many are in the same state with us and many have heard from the Settlement. They must be well however: and we must consider this silence as good news--I ordered some bulbous roots for you at the Gardeners, and they sent me some, but they were all in bud--and could not be sent, so I put them in our Garden There are some beautiful heaths now in bloom in Pots--either heaths or some seasonable plants I will send you instead--perhaps some that are not yet in bloom that you may see them come out. Tomorrow night I am going to a rout--a thing I am not at all in love with. Mr Dilke and his Family have left Hampstead--I shall dine with them to day in Westminster where I think I told you they were going to reside for the sake of sending their Son Charles to the Westminster School. I think I mentioned the Death of Mr Haslam's Father--
120. The postmark is not clear as to the month; but it is the 13th of some month in 1819; and, since the time is after the removal of the Dilkes from Hampstead, which took place on the 3rd of April 1819, and before news had arrived from the Settlement, as it had done by the 13th of May 1819 (see Letter 124, p. 342), there can be no doubt about April being the right month.