The Letters of Elizabeth Barrett Browning - Vol. 1

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for that last stitch in the stool. How good you are, Sarianna, to your ever affectionate sister

BA.

Always remind your dear mother that we are no more bound here than when in furnished lodgings. It is a mere name.


TO Mrs. Martin

Palazzo Guidi: June 20, [1848].

My dearest Mrs. Martin, -- Now I am going to answer your letter, which I all but lost, and got ever so many days beyond the right day, because you directed it to Mrs. William Browning. Pray remember Robert Browning for the future, in right descent from Robert Brunnyng,1 the first English poet. Mrs. Jameson says, 'It's ominous of the actual Robert's being the last English poet;' a saying which I give you to remember us by, rejecting the omen. . . . We have grown to be Florentine citizens, as perhaps you have heard. Health and means both forbade our settlement in England; and the journey backwards and forwards being another sort of expense, and very necessary with our ties and affections, we had to think how to live here, when we were here, at the cheapest. The difference between taking a furnished apartment and an unfurnished one is something immense. For our furnished rooms we have had always to pay some four guineas a month; and unfurnished rooms of equal pretension we could have for twelve a year, and the furniture (out and out) for fifty pounds. This calculation, together with the consideration that we could let our apartment whenever we travelled and receive back the whole cost, could not choose, of course, but determine us. On coming to the point, however, we grew ambitious, and preferred giving five-and-twenty guineas for a noble suite of

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Otherwise known as Robert Mannyng, or Robert de Brunne, author of the Handlyng Synne and a Chronicle of England. He flourished about 1288- 1338.

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The Letters of Elizabeth Barrett Browning - Vol. 1
Table of contents

Table of contents

  • Title Page iii
  • Preface v
  • Contents Of The First Volume xiii
  • Chapter I - 1806-1835 1
  • To Mrs. Boyd 7
  • To Mrs. Martin 8
  • To Mrs. Martin 16
  • To H. S. Boyd 21
  • To H. S. Boyd 23
  • To Miss Commeline 24
  • To Mrs. Martin 26
  • To H. S. Boyd 27
  • Chapter II - 1835-1841 31
  • To H. S. Boyd 37
  • To H. S. Boyd 38
  • To Mrs. Martin 41
  • To H. S. Boyd 44
  • To Mrs. Martin 45
  • To Mrs. Martin 46
  • To Miss Commeline 50
  • To H. S. Boyd 53
  • To John Kenyon2 57
  • To John Kenyon 58
  • To N. S. Boyd 60
  • To H. S. Boyd 61
  • To Miss Mitford 62
  • To H. S. Boyd 67
  • To H. S. Boyd 68
  • To H. S. Boyd 69
  • To H. S. Boyd 70
  • To H. S. Boyd 72
  • To Mrs. Martin 73
  • To H S. Boyd 75
  • To H. S. Boyd 77
  • To H. S. Boyd 79
  • To Mrs. Martin 81
  • To Mrs. Martin 85
  • To H. S. Boyd 86
  • To H. S. Boyd 88
  • Chapter III - 1841-1843 91
  • To Mr. Westwood1 93
  • To H. S. Boyd 94
  • To H. S. Boyd 95
  • To H. S. Boyd 96
  • To H. S. Boyd 98
  • To H. S. Boyd 101
  • To H. S. Boyd 101
  • To H. S. Boyd 102
  • To H. S. Boyd 103
  • To H. S. Boyd 104
  • To H. S. Boyd 105
  • To John Kenyon 108
  • To Mrs. Martin 109
  • To H. S. Boyd 110
  • To H. S. Boyd 113
  • To H. S. Boyd 115
  • To H. S. Boyd 117
  • To H. S. Boyd 118
  • To Mrs. Martin 119
  • To James Martin 121
  • To H. S. Boyd 122
  • To H. S. Boyd 124
  • To John Kenyon 125
  • To John Kenyon 127
  • To Cornelius Mathews 129
  • To John Kenyon 136
  • To H. S. Boyd 137
  • To H. S. Boyd 138
  • To H. S. Boyd 139
  • To John Kenyon 143
  • To John Kenyon 145
  • To Mrs. Martin 147
  • To Mr. Westwood 149
  • To Mrs. Martin 150
  • To Mr. Westwood 154
  • To Mr. Westwood 159
  • To Mr. Westwood 160
  • Chapter IV - 1844-1846 164
  • To H. S. Boyd 173
  • To H S. Boyd 175
  • To H. S. Boyd 175
  • To H. S. Boyd 179
  • To H. S. Boyd 183
  • To Mr. Westwood 184
  • To John Kenyon 185
  • To Mrs. Martin 189
  • To Mr. Chorley 190
  • To H. S. Boyd 191
  • To Mrs. Martin 192
  • To Mrs. Martin 193
  • To Cornelius Mathews 196
  • To H. S. Boyd 198
  • To John Kenyon 202
  • To Mrs. Martin 203
  • To John Kenyon 205
  • To John Kenyon 209
  • To Cornelius Mathews 213
  • To Mrs. Martin 215
  • To James Martin 216
  • To Mrs. Martin 219
  • To John Kenyon 221
  • To Mr. Westwood 223
  • To H. S. Boyd 224
  • To Mr. Chorley 229
  • To Mr. Chorley 234
  • To Mrs. Martin 236
  • To Mrs. Martin 237
  • To Miss Commeline 239
  • To H. S. Boyd 240
  • To Mr. Westwood 242
  • To John Kenyon 244
  • To H. S. Boyd 245
  • To John Kenyon 246
  • To John Kenyon 248
  • To H. S. Boyd 249
  • To Mrs. Martin 250
  • To Mr. Westwood 251
  • To Mr. Westwood 253
  • To Mr. Chorley 254
  • To Mr. Chorley 255
  • To Miss Thomson1 257
  • To Miss Thomson 260
  • To Mrs Jameson 271
  • To Mrs. Martin 273
  • To Mrs. Martin 276
  • To H. S. Boyd 277
  • Chapter V - 1846-1849 280
  • To Mrs. Martin 297
  • To Miss Mitford 299
  • To Mrs. Jameson 304
  • To Miss Mitford 308
  • To H. S. Boyd 310
  • To Miss Mitford 314
  • To Miss Browning 317
  • To Mr. Westwood 323
  • To Mrs. Jameson 325
  • To H. S. Boyd 328
  • To Mrs. Martin 335
  • To Mr. Westwood 339
  • To Miss Mitford 345
  • To Mrs. Jameson 354
  • To Miss Mitford 356
  • To John Kenyon 358
  • To Miss Browning 369
  • To Miss Mitford 371
  • To Mrs. Jameson 373
  • To Miss Mitford 376
  • To Miss Mitford 379
  • To Mrs. Martin 384
  • To Miss Mitford 387
  • Chapter VI - 1849-1851 395
  • To Miss Mitford 399
  • To Mrs. Martin 404
  • To Mrs. Jameson 410
  • To Miss Mitford 414
  • To Mrs. Jameson 417
  • To Miss Mitford 421
  • To Miss Mitford 423
  • To Miss Mitford 427
  • To Miss Browning 430
  • To Miss Mitford 432
  • To Mrs. Jameson 437
  • To Miss I. Blagden 453
  • To Miss Mitford 456
  • To Miss Mitford 458
  • To Miss I. Blagden 467
  • To Miss Mitford 468
  • To Mrs. Martin 470
  • To Miss Browning 475
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