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2595.  RB to EBB

As published in The Brownings’ Correspondence, 13, 354–355.

[London]

4 p.m. Thursday [Postmark: 10 September 1846]

I broke open my sealed letter and added the postscript just now. The post being thus saved, I can say a few words more leisurely.

I will go to-morrow, I think, and not to-day for the licence—there are fixed hours, I fancy, at the office—and I might be too late. I will also make the arrangement with my friend for Saturday, [1] if we should want him,—as we shall, in all probability—it would look suspiciously to be unaccompanied– We can arrange to-morrow.

Your words, first & last have been that you “would not fail me”—you will not–

And the marriage over, you can take advantage of circumstances and go early or late in the week, as may be practicable. There will be facilities in the general packing &c—your own measures may be taken unobserved– Write short notes to the proper persons,—promising longer ones, if necessary.

See the tone I take, the way I write to you .. but it is all thro’ you, in the little brief authority you give me,—and in the perfect belief of your truth and firmness– Indeed, I do not consider this an extraordinary occasion for proving those qualities. This conduct of your Father’s is quite characteristic ..

Otherwise, too, the departure with its bustle is not unfavorable. If you hesitated, it would be before a little hurried shopping and letter writing! I expected it, and therefore spoke as you heard yesterday—now your part must begin:– It may as well begin and end, both, now as at any other time. I will bring you every information possible to-morrow.

It seems as if I should insult you if I spoke a word to confirm you, to beseech you,—to relieve you from your promise, if you claim it.

God bless you prays your own

RB

Address: Miss Barrett, / 50. Wimpole Street.

Postmark: 3AN3 SP10 1846 B.

Publication: RB-EBB, pp. 1060–61.

Manuscript: Wellesley College.

1. Captain James Pritchard; see the end of letter 2600.

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