Address: Miss Brawne.
Dearest Fanny, I shall send this the moment you return. They say I must remain confined to this room for some time. The consciousness that you love me will make a pleasant prison of the house next to yours. You must come and see me frequently: this evening, without fail--when you must not mind about my speaking in a low tone for I am ordered to do so though I can speak out.
Perhaps your Mother is not at home and so you must wait till she comes. You must see me to-night and let mehear you promise to come to-morrow.
Brown told me you were all out. I have been looking for the stage the whole afternoon. Had I known this I could not have remain'd so silent all day.
Address: Miss Keats ∣ Rd. Abbey Esqre ∣ Pancras Lane Queen Street ∣ Cheapside
Postmark: HAMPSTEAD 7 FE 1820.
My dear Sister,
I should not have sent those Letters without some notice if Mr Brown had not persuaded me against it on account of an illness with which I was attack'd on Thursday. After that I was resolved not to write till I should be on the mending hand: thank God, I am now so. From imprudently leaving off my great coat in the thaw I caught cold
173.This and later letters to Fanny Brawne up to No. 206 seem to have been written at Brown's house in Wentworth Place and taken next door by hand. This one was probably written the day after Keats was taken ill.
174.Thursday the 3rd of February 1820 was the date upon which Keats was taken ill; and by Sunday the 6th he was writing this letter to his sister.