Correspondence

2614.  RB to EBB

As published in The Brownings’ Correspondence, 13, 379.

[London]

11½ Friday. [Postmark: 18 September 1846]

My own best Ba– How thankful I am you have seen my blunder– I took the other company’s days for the South Western’s—changed. What I shall write now is with the tables before me (of the Railway) and a transcript from today’s advertisement in the Times.

The packet will leave tomorrow evening, from the Royal Pier, Sn, at nine. We leave Nine Elms, Vauxhall, at five—to arrive at Eight. Doors closed five minutes before. I will be at Hodgsons from halfpast three to four precisely[1] when I should hope you can be ready. I shall go to Vauxhall, apprise them that luggage is coming (yours) and send mine there—so that we both shall be unincumbered—& we can take a cab or coach from H’s.

Never mind your scanty preparations .. we can get every thing at Leghorn,—and the new boats carry parcels to Leghorn on the 15th of every month, remember—so can bring what you may wish to send for.

I enclose a letter to go with yours.[2] The cards as you choose—they are here—we can write about them from Paris or elsewhere. The advertisement, as you advise. All shall be cared for.

God bless and strengthen you, my ever dearest dearest. I will not trust myself to speak of my feelings for you—worship well belongs to such fortitude– One struggle more:—if all the kindness on your part brought a strangely insufficient return, is it not possible that this step may produce all you can hope? Write to me one word more—depend on me—I go to town about business[.]

Your own, own RB

Address: Miss Barrett, / 50. Wimpole Street.

Postmark: 3AN3 SP18 1846 A.

Publication: RB-EBB, pp. 1085–86.

Manuscript: Wellesley College.

1. Underscored three times.

2. Presumably a letter to Kenyon; see EBB’s remark in the fifth paragraph of letter 2604, and RB’s comments in letter 2605.

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