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.


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