1987. RB to EBB
As published in The Brownings’ Correspondence, 11, 8.
Thursday. [Postmark: 31 July 1845]
In all I say to you, write to you, I know very well that I trust to your understanding me almost beyond the warrant of any human capacity—but as I began, so I shall end: I shall believe you remembered what I am forced to remember—you who do me the superabundant justice on every possible occasion, .. you will never do me injustice when I sit by you and talk about Italy and the rest.
—Today I cannot write—tho’ I am very well otherwise—but I shall soon get into my old self-command and write with as much “ineffectual fire” as before: but meantime, you will write to me, I hope—telling me how you are? I have but one greater delight in the world than in hearing from you.
God bless you, my best, dearest friend—think what I would speak–
Address: Miss Barrett, / 50 Wimpole St
Postmark: 8NT8 JY31 1845 B.
Docket, in EBB’s hand: 36.
Publication: RB-EBB, pp. 138–139.
Manuscript: Wellesley College.
1. Cf. Julius Cæsar, V, 3, 24.
2. Cf. Hamlet, I, 5, 90.