2003.  RB to EBB

As published in The Brownings’ Correspondence, 11, 36.


Monday 7. p.m. [18 August 1845][1]

I this moment get your note—having been out since the early morning—and I must write fast to catch the post. You are pure kindness & considerateness, no thanks to you!—(since you will have it so.) I choose Friday, then,—but I shall hear from you before that day, I dare hope? I have all but passed your house to-day—with an Italian friend, from Rome,[2] whom I must go about with a little on weariful sightseeing, so I shall earn Friday.

Bless you RB

Address: Miss Barrett, / 50 Wimpole St

Postmark: 10FN10 AU19 1845 A.

Docket, in EBB’s hand: 42.

Publication: RB-EBB, p. 161.

Manuscript: Wellesley College.

1. Date provided by postmark.

2. Based on a reference by RB in letter 2006, we take this to be Countess Carducci, with whom RB spent most of his evenings in Rome in 1844 (Orr, p. 127). Evidently, she was travelling with her husband, Count Ferdinando Carducci Genuense, in England at this time. The Carduccis’ addresses are listed in RB’s address book; see vol. 9, p. 390.


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