The Letters of John Keats

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go on in our old dog trot of Breakfast, dinner (not tea for we have left that off) supper Sleep, Confab, stirring the fire and reading. Whilst I was in the Country last Summer Mrs Bentley tells me a woman in mour〈n〉ing call'd on me, --and talk'd something of an aunt of ours--I am so careless a fellow I did not enquire, but will particularly. On Tuesday I am going to hear some Schoolboys Speechify on breaking up day--I'll lay you a pocket pi〈e〉ce we shall have "My name is norval"1 I have not yet look'd for the Letter you mention'd as it is mix'd up in a box full of papers--you must tell me, if you can recollect, the subject of it. This moment Bentley brought a Letter from George for me to deliver to Mrs Wylie--I shall see her and it before I see you. The direction was in his best hand, written with a good Pen and sealed with a Tassi〈e〉's Shakspeare2 such as I gave you--We judge of people's hearts by their Countenances; may we not judge of Letters in the same way? if so, the Letter does not contain unpleasant news--Good or bad spirits have an effect on the handwriting. This direction is at least unnervous and healthy. Our Sister is also well, or George would have made strange work with Ks and Ws. The little Baby is well or he would have formed precious vowels and Consonants--He sent off the Letter in a hurry, or the mail bag was rather a wa〈r〉m birth, or he has worn out his Seal, for the Shakespeare's head is flattened a little. This is close muggy weather as they say at the Ale houses--

I am, ever, my dear Sister
Yours affectionately
John Keats--


171. To FANNY KEATS. Wednesday 22 December 1819.

Address: Miss Keats ∣ Rd. Abbeys Esqre ∣ Pancras Lane ∣ Queen
Street Chea〈p〉side.
Postmarks: HAMPSTEAD and 7 o'clock DE 22 1819

Wentworth Place,
Wednesday--

My dear Fanny,

I wrote to you a Letter directed Walthamstow the day before yesterday wherein I promised to see you before

____________________
1
'Douglas', a tragedy by John Home ( 1724- 1808).
2
See Letter 116 and note, p. 287.

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