2602.  EBB to RB

As published in The Brownings’ Correspondence, 13, 364–365.


Monday morning. [Postmark: 14 September 1846]

Ever dearest, this one word goes to you to say about Mr Kenyon’s letter——oh, do not send any letter dearest, till we are out of hearing of the answer. It terrifies me to think of your sending a letter, perhaps, without delay—— Do let no letter nor intimation be given till the very last– Remember that I shall be killed——it will be so infinitely worse than you can have an idea.

Afterwards—yes!—you will, for my sake, forget some natural pride, as I, for yours, have forgotten some as natural apprehensiveness. That kindness, I expected from you, .. & now accept—thanking you, dearest. In the meanwhile, there seems to remain the dreadful danger of the newspapers– We must trust, as you say.

Your mother’s goodness touches me very deeply– I am grateful to her & to all your family, beyond any power of mine to express my feelings. Let me be silent therefore, instead of trying.

As to the important business of the cards, you know I have heard the whole theory of etiquette lately on that subject, & you must not think of putting any ‘At home’ anywhere, or any other thing in the place of it– A Fellowes is an authority in Asia Minor, but for the minora of the cards, not at all. Put simply the names, as you say, on one card, only without abbreviation or initial, & no intimation of address, which is not necessary, & would be under our circumstances quite wrong. Then I had better perhaps send you a list of names & addresses—— But for this, enough time–

They hasten me—I must go–

Not from the thought however of you,

.. being your very own Ba

I shall write of course in the evening again.

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

Postmark: PD 8NT SP14 1846 B.

Docket, in RB’s hand: 277.

Publication: RB-EBB, p. 1071.

Manuscript: Wellesley College.


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