2302.  EBB to RB

As published in The Brownings’ Correspondence, 12, 231–232.


Friday– 2 oclock pm– [Postmark: 10 April 1846]

Ever dearest I wrote last night what might make you doubtful & uncomfortable about saturday,—being doubtful myself & not knowing what word to say of it. But just now Papa has been here in the room with me,—& a beatific Jamaica packet has just come in, as the post declares .. (Benedetta sia l’ora &c!) [1] & he will “hear more”, he says, “in the city tomorrow!”– So we are safe—Come, if there should be no reason of your own for staying. For me, I seem to have more need than usual of seeing you– May God bless you. I am

your Ba–

Address: Robert Browning Esqre / New Cross / Hatcham / Surrey.

Postmark: 8NT8 AP10 1846 E.

Dockets, in RB’s hand: 151.; + Saty Apr. 11. / 3–5¾. p.m. (58.)

Publication: RB-EBB, pp. 610–611.

Manuscript: Wellesley College.

1. Cf. “Benedetto sia’l giorno, e’l mese, e il anno.” “Blessed be the day, and the month, and the year” (Petrarch, “Sonnet 47”).


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