Correspondence

2611.  EBB to RB

As published in The Brownings’ Correspondence, 13, 377–378.

[London]

[17 September 1846][1]

Dearest take this word, as if it were many. I am so tired—& then it shall be the right word.

Sunday & friday are impossible. On Saturday I will go to you, if you like—with half done, .. nothing done … scarcely. Will you come for me to Hodgson’s? or shall I meet you at the station? At what oclock should I set out, to be there at the hour you mention?

Also, for the boxes––we cannot carry them out of the house, you know, Wilson & I. They must be sent on friday evening to the Vauxhall station, ‘to be taken care of’. Will the people keep them carefully? Ought anyone to be spoken to beforehand? If we sent them to New Cross, they wd not reach you in time.

Hold me my beloved, with your love– It is very hard– But saturday seems the only day for us– Tell me if you think so indeed.

Your very own Ba–

The boxes must have your name on them of course. Let there be no great haste about sending out the cards– Saturday might be mentioned in the advertisement, without the date——might it not?[2]

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

Postmark: PD 10FN SP18 1846 B.

Docket, in RB’s hand: None.[3]

Publication: RB-EBB, pp. 1084–85.

Manuscript: Wellesley College.

1. Date provided by postmark and EBB’s reference to their forthcoming departure.

2. As indicated in letter 2606, note 2, EBB’s suggestion was heeded since the advertisement in both The Times and The Morning Chronicle stated that the marriage took place on “Saturday.” The sending of the announcement was left to RB’s sister Sarianna (see SD1280).

3. Beginning with this letter RB stopped assigning letter sequence numbers on the envelopes. If he had continued numbering, he would have recorded 283 letters received from EBB. He wrote 286 to her.

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