From BRYAN WALLER PROCTERto KEATS. Friday 〈25 Feb. 1820〉.
Address: John Keats Esqre
25 Store Street
My dear Sir,
I send you 'Marcian Colonna' which think as well of as you can. There is, I think, (at least in the 2nd and 3rd parts) a stronger infusion of poetry in it than in the Sicilian Story--but I may be mistaken.1 I am looking forward with some impatience to the publication of your book. Will you write my name in an early copy and send it to me?* Is not this a 'prodigious bold request'? I hope that you are getting quite well. Believe me very sincerely yours
B. W. Procter.
Address: Mr J. H. Reynolds ∣ 18 Portland Street ∣ Poland Street
Postmarks: LOMBARD STREET and 28 FE 1820
My dear Reynolds,
I have been improving since you saw me: my nights are better which I think is a very encouraging thing. You mention your cold in rather too slighting a manner --if you travel outside have some flannel against the wind --which I hope will not keep on at this rate when you are in the Packet boat. Should it rain do not stop upon deck though the Passengers should vomit themselves inside out. Keep under Hatches from all sort of wet.
I am pretty well provided with Books at present, when you return I may give you a commission or two. Mr B. C.1____________________