Correspondence

2137.  RB to William Cox Bennett

An amended version of the text that appeared in The Brownings’ Correspondence, 11, 240.

New Cross, Hatcham

Surrey.

Dec 13. 45.

My dear Sir,

I can have no hesitation whatever in saying that I believe any public body of whatever pretentions may feel a just pride and satisfaction in counting among its officers a person of the very considerable intellectual attainments of which there is ample evidence in the two volumes of Poetry you did me the pleasure of presenting me with.[1]

Pray excuse the delay in sending this—which is attributable to a mis-direction of the letter I only received last night—to “Peckham” for Hatcham—and believe me,

Yours very faithfully,

R Browning.

Address: W. C. Bennett Esqre, / White Bear Inn / Piccadilly, / Manchester.

Publication: BC, 11, 240 (in part).

Manuscript: Armstrong Browning Library.

1. RB is probably thanking Bennett for My Sonnets (Greenwich, 1843) and Songs, Ballads, &c. (Greenwich, 1845), both of which were privately printed. For an account of Bennett’s relationship with the Brownings, see Browning Newsletter (no. 9, Fall 1972, pp. 9–16).

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