2009. RB to EBB
As published in The Brownings’ Correspondence, 11, 48.
Wednesday Mg [Postmark: 27 August 1845]
On the subject of your letter,—quite irrespective of the injunction in it,—I would not have dared speak,—now, at least. But I may permit myself, perhaps, to say I am most grateful, most grateful, dearest friend, for this admission to participate, in my degree, in these feelings– There is a better thing than being happy in your happiness; I feel, now that you teach me, it is so. I will write no more now,—tho’ that sentence of “what you are expecting,—that I shall be tired of you &c,”—tho’ I could blot that out of your mind forever by a very few words now,—for you would believe me at this moment, close on the other subject:—but I will take no such advantage—I will wait.
I have many things (indifferent things, after those) to say; will you write, if but a few lines, to change the associations for that purpose? Then I will write too.–
May God bless you,—in what is past and to come! I pray
that from my heart, being yours
Address: Miss Barrett, / 50 Wimpole St
Postmark: 12NN12 AU27 1845 A.
Docket, in EBB’s hand: 45.
Publication: RB-EBB, pp. 172–173.
Manuscript: Wellesley College.