2315. RB to EBB
As published in The Brownings’ Correspondence, 12, 252–253.
Thursday. [Postmark: 16 April 1846]
How are you now, dearest? If the worse for my visit .. No, there is no affectation in what I would say—you might be worse, you know, thro’ excitement, whether pleasurable or the reverse.– One comfort is, the walking, going down stairs, &c. have not occasioned it. I expect everything from your going out of doors, that is to be– What a joy to write it, think of it, expect it! Oh, why are you not here,—where I sit writing,—whence, in a moment, I could get to know why the lambs are bleating so, in the field behind .. I do not see it from either window in this room—but I see a beautiful sunshine (2½ p.m) and a chestnut tree leafy all over, in a faint trembling chilly way, to be sure—and a holly hedge I see, and shrubs, and blossomed trees over the garden wall,—were you but here, dearest, dearest—how we would go out, with Flush on before—for with a key I have, I lock out the world, and then look down on it,—for there is a vast view from our greatest hill—did I ever tell you that Wordsworth was shown that hill or its neighbour;—someone saying “RB lives over there—by that hill”– “Hill”—interposed Wordsworth—“we call that, such as that,—a rise”! I must have told you, I think. —(While I write, the sun gets even brighter—you must be down stairs, I feel sure.)
I fully meant to go out this morning—but there is a pressing note from my old young friend, Frank Talfourd, to get me to witness—only another play and farce!—and what is to be done?
Here shall be my ending “for reasons, for reasons.” To-morrow I will write more; my Monday—to have to wait so long! And when I do see you, I begin to pour out profusions of confusions of speech about Mrs Procter and her vain notions—to what earthly good? .. as it is very easy to ask now! now that I am here again, alone again!
Dear, dearest Ba, I cannot serve you, nor even talk to you .. but love you,—oh, that I must dare say I can do, as none other could,—as you have yet to know!
—Bless you my very dearest, sweetest Ba. I am your own, heart and soul–
Address: Miss Barrett, / 50. Wimpole St
Postmark: 8NT8 AP16 1846 B.
Docket, in EBB’s hand: 159.
Publication: RB-EBB, p. 627.
Manuscript: Wellesley College.
1. See letter 2171, note 12.