Correspondence

2300.  RB to EBB

As published in The Brownings’ Correspondence, 12, 229.

[London]

Thursday. 8. a.m. [Postmark: 9 April 1846]

Dearest, I have to go out presently and shall not be able to return before night .. so that the letter I expect will only be read then, and answered to-morrow. What will it be, the letter? Nothing but dear and kind, I know .. even, deserve to know, in a sense,—because I am sure all in my letter was meant to be “read by your light”[1]– I submit, unfeignedly, to you, there as elsewhere, and,—as I said, I think,—I wrote so, precisely because it was never likely to be my own case,—I should consider it the most unhappy thing that could possibly happen to me; (putting aside the dreadful possibilities one refuses to consider at all,—the most.)

Have you made any discoveries about the disposition of Saturday? May I come, dearest? (On Saty Evening I shall see a friend who will tell me all he knows about ships and voyage expenses—or refer me to higher authorities.)[2]

Bless you, now, and ever, my own Ba. Do you know, next Saturday, in its position of successor to Good Friday, will be the anniversary of Mr Kenyon’s asking me, some four years ago, “if I would like to see Miss B.” How I remember! I was staying with him for a couple of days. Now,—I will ask myself “would you like to kiss Ba?” “Then comes the Selah.”[3] Goodbye, dearest—dearest!

Your RB

Address: Miss Barrett, / 50. Wimpole St

Postmark: 8NT8 AP9 1846 A.

Docket, in EBB’s hand: 154.

Publication: RB-EBB, pp. 608–609.

Manuscript: Wellesley College.

1. RB is quoting from his dedication of A Soul’s Tragedy to Landor (see letter 2109, note 13).

2. A reference to RB’s enquiries on behalf of Miss Mitford’s friend, Mr. Buckingham. RB’s “friend” is probably Capt. James Pritchard (1789–1859).

3. EBB, An Essay on Mind, line 1229 (see letter 2225, note 4). RB mentioned the proposed meeting in his first letter (1811) to EBB, as well as in letter 2099 (see note 3).

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