524.  EBB to Hugh Stuart Boyd

As published in The Brownings’ Correspondence, 3, 171–172.


Tuesday. [15 March 1836][1]

My dear friend,

When I am able, I will gladly attend to your request—but at this present moment I am quite disabled by a very bad cold which has kept me in my bedroom all today.

I congratulate you on the incense which seems to be exhaled upon your Baskett’s[2] bible from all sides as well as from the Ædes Althorpianæ.[3] May it be “redolent of joy” to you.

Forgive me for feeling stupefied. Arabel’s kind regards.

Yours affectionately

E B Barrett.

My excuse for writing is my fear of your thinking me unkind for not going to you immediately.

Address, on integral page: H S Boyd Esqr / 3 Circus Road / St John’s Wood.

Publication: EBB-HSB, pp. 217–218.

Manuscript: Wellesley College.

1. Letter is postmarked 16 March 1836, which fell on Wednesday.

2. John Baskett (d. 1742), Printer to His Majesty, published several editions of the Bible between 1712 and 1717, including the error-plagued “Vinegar Bible.”

3. Ædes Althorpianæ (1822), together with Bibliotheca Spenceriana (1814–15), by Thomas Frognall Dibdin (1776–1847), comprised a description of the library at Althorp Park, seat of George John Spencer, 2nd Earl Spencer (1758–1834), one of the most notable private libraries in Europe.


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