1946.  RB to EBB

As published in The Brownings’ Correspondence, 10, 267–268.


Thursday Morning. [Postmark: 19 June 1845]

When I next see you, do not let me go on & on to my confusion about matters I am more or less ignorant of, but always ignorant: I tell you plainly I only trench on them, and intrench in them, from gaûcherie, pure and respectable– I should certainly grow instructive on the prospects of hay-crops and pasture-land, if deprived of this resource. And now here is a week to wait before I shall have any occasion to relapse into Greek literature when I am thinking all the while, “now I will just ask simply, what flattery there was” &c &c which, as I had not courage to say then, I keep to myself for shame now. This I will say, then—wait and know me better, as you will one long day at the end.

Why I write now, is because you did not promise, as before, to let me know how you are—this morning is miserably cold again. Will you tell me, at your own time?

God bless you, my dear friend.


Address: Miss Barrett, / 50 Wimpole St

Postmark: 12NN12 JU19 1845 B.

Docket, in EBB’s hand: 23.

Publication: RB-EBB, p. 98.

Manuscript: Wellesley College.


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