Correspondence

2069.  RB to EBB

As published in The Brownings’ Correspondence, 11, 131–132.

[London]

Monday Mg [20 October 1845][1]

This arrived on Saturday night–[2] I just correct it in time for this our first post—will it do, the new matter? I can take it to-morrow—when I am to see you—if you are able to glance thro’ it by then.

The “Inscription”,—how does that read?[3]

—(There is strange temptation, by the way, in the space they please to leave for the presumeable “motto”—“they but remind me of mine own conception”[4] .. but one must give no clue, of a silk’s breadth, to the “Bower,” yet– One day![)][5]

—Which God send you, dearest, & your

RB

Postmark: None. No envelope. Letter was enclosed in a parcel containing proofsheets of the first half of Dramatic Romances and Lyrics.

Docket: None.[6]

Publication: RB-EBB, pp. 241–242.

Manuscript: Wellesley College.

1. Dated by RB’s reference to the proofsheets which EBB comments on in the following letter.

2. i.e., the proofsheets of the first half of Dramatic Romances and Lyrics.

3. “Inscribed / to John Kenyon, Esq., / In the hope that a recollection of his own successful / ‘Rhymed Plea for Tolerance’ / May induce him to admit good-naturedly this humbler prose one of / His very sincere friend, / R.B.”

4. Cf. King Lear, I, 4, 67–68.

5. From the context, we assume that RB would have liked to use a line, or lines, from EBB’s poem, “The Lost Bower,” as a motto for Dramatic Romances and Lyrics; however, doing so would have risked making their courtship public.

6. See note 3 in the preceding letter.

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