not a wise man-- Tis Pride. I will give you a definition of a proud Man--He is a Man who has neither vanity nor wisdom--one fill'd with hatreds cannot be vain--neither can he be wise. Pardon me for hammering instedd of writing--Remember me to Woodhouse Hessey and all in Percey street--
Ever yours sincerely
P.S. I have read what Brown has said on the other side--He ag〈r〉ees with me that this manner of proceeding might appear to〈o〉 harsh, distant and indelicate with you. This however will place all in a clear light. Had I to borrow money of Brown and were in your house, I should request the use of your name in the same manner--1
The following note from Brown occupies the 'doublings' of this letter:--
Keats has told me the purport of this letter. Had it been in my power to have prevented this application to you, I would have done so. What property I have is locked up, sending me quarterly & half yearly driblets, insufficient for the support of both of us. I am fully acquainted with his circumstances,--the monies owing to him amount to £230,--the Chancery Suit will not I think eventually be injurious to him,--and his perseverance in the employment of his talents,-- will, in my opinion, in a short time, place him in a situation more pleasant to his feelings as far as his pocket is considered. Yet, for all this, I am aware, a man of business should have every security in his power, and Keats especially would be uncomfortable at borrowing unless he gave all in his power; besides his own name to a Bill he has none to offer but mine, which I readily agree to, and (speaking in a business-like way) consider I possess ample security for doing so. It is therefore to be considered as a matter of right on your part to demand my name in conjunction with his; and if you should be inclined to judge otherwise, still it would be painful to him not to give you a double security when he can do so, and painful to me to have it withheld when it ought to be given.
Address not recorded.
Postmark: 24 Au 1819.
Winchester Augt 25
My dear Reynolds,
By this post I write to Rice, who will tell you why we have left Shanklin; and how we like this place. I have____________________