2364.  RB to EBB

As published in The Brownings’ Correspondence, 12, 332–333.


Saturday. [Postmark: 16 May 1846]

Then, dearest-dearest, do take Mrs Jameson’s advice—do take care of the results of this fatigue: why should you see any woman that pleases to ask to come? I am certain that some of the men you have refused to admit, would be more considerate—and Miss Heaton must be a kind of fool, into the bargain with her inconsiderateness .. tho’ that is the folly’s very self. As for her “Yorkshire Tragedy”,[1]—I hold myself rather aggrieved by it—they used to get up better stories of Lord Byron,—and even I told you, anticipatingly, that I caused that first wife of mine to drown or hang herself .. whereas, now, it turns out she did neither, but bade me do both .. nay, was not my wife after all! I hope she told Miss Heaton the story in the presence of the husband who had no irreligious scruples– But enough of this pure nonsense– I had, by this post that brings me your last letter,—one from Horne—he leaves to-day for Ireland—and says kind things about my plays—and unkind things of Mr Powell “a dog he repudiates for ever”– So our “clique” is deprived of yet another member!

For me, love,—I am pretty well—but rather out of spirits,—for no earthly cause,—I shall take a walk and get better presently. Your dear letters have their due effect, all that effect!

So, dear,—all my world,—my life, all I look to or live for, my own Ba—I will bless you and bid you goodbye for today—tomorrow I will write more—and on Monday—return, my Ba, this kiss .. my dearest above all dearness!——


Address: Miss Barrett, / 50. Wimpole St

Postmark: 8NT8 MY16 1846 B.

Docket, in EBB’s hand: 183.

Publication: RB-EBB, p. 707.

Manuscript: Wellesley College.

1. See letter 2142, note 3.


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