Correspondence

311.  EBB to Hugh Stuart Boyd

As published in The Brownings’ Correspondence, 2, 155.

Hope End.

Saturday. [ca. July 1828][1]

My dear Sir,

I believe I shall be able to pay you my visitation on Monday,—or on any other day during the coming week which may be more convenient to yourself & Mrs Boyd. If my coming on Monday should be likely to inconvenience either of you, I hope you will say so at once—as it will be quite the same to me & the carriage, to leave home on any subsequent morning. Perhaps you will write a line to tell me what I am to do,—and if you send it by tomorrow’s post to Mrs Trant’s, I can receive it in the evening.

We hope Miss Boyd has not forgotten her promise of riding here soon! Will she do so on Wednesday, to dinner?

I am writing in such a hurry, that I have not a moment to express how much surprised I was to find out that you like Terence![2] Is not that an inconsistency?

Believe me

Your sincere friend

E B Barrett.

If you can receive me on Monday, perhaps Miss Boyd will return with me in the evening, & sleep here—& spend the next day with us. She will give us all great pleasure, by agreeing to this proposal.

Address, on integral page: Hugh Stuart Boyd Esqr / Woodland Lodge / Malvern.

Publication: EBB–HSB, pp. 50–51.

Manuscript: Wellesley College.

1. The formal salutation places this letter in 1828; the reference to Terence suggests that it follows Boyd’s reply to the previous letter, in which EBB questioned him about Latin writers.

2. Publius Terentius Afer (ca. 190–ca. 159 B.C.), Roman comic dramatist.

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