1615.  RB to Frederick Oldfield Ward[1]

As published in The Brownings’ Correspondence, 8, 319–320.

New Cross,

Tuesday Mg [?28 May 1844][2]

My dear Sir,

I duly received your Saturday’s note, and Sunday’s parcel;[3] & only delayed my hearty thanks for both favors, from a difficulty I had in seeing clearly thro[’] some engagements for this week. Here are those “thanks”, however, kept quite warm—and to-morrow morning I will at all events look in during your breakfast and see as much of you as I can, if not as I want. I am truly happy to hear Mr Hood is a little better—tho’ never so little: every body sympathises with Him as in duty bound.

Yours very faithfully,

R Browning.

Publication: None traced.

Manuscript: Armstrong Browning Library.

1. Although this letter contains no direct reference to Ward, the context points to him as the likely recipient. While Ward was acting as editor for the ailing Thomas Hood, a number of letters and parcels of proofs passed between RB and Ward, usually with some reference to Hood’s health.

2. Conjecturally dated by RB’s contributions to Hood’s Magazine.

3. The parcel may have contained the proofs requested by RB in the previous letter.


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