2308.  RB to Andrew Winter

As published in The Brownings’ Correspondence, 12, 240–241.


Easter Day. [12 April 1846][1]

Dear Winter,

What have you thought of me? Nothing ill; for you are a fellow craftsman and sympathize comme de droit.[2] The plain truth is, your letter was so kind and so gratifying that, coming as it did, & finding me in a bewilderment of various occupations, I thought I would wait a little and do it justice if I could—then, wait a little longer and callthen, yet a little longer, and send this last number, which was getting ready: And now, here is the number,—and, with it, all the gratitude, kept duly hot—but the proper letter?––

Never mind proper letters, therefore,—but believe the sincerity with which I am now & ever, dear Winter,

Yours faithfully,

R Browning.

I conclude Ward to be in Paris but do not know–

Publication: None traced.

Manuscript: Armstrong Browning Library.

1. Dated by RB’s reference to sending a copy of the last number of the Bells and Pomegranates series, published the following day.

2. “By right.”


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