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Temple [London] Monday Morn. [March 23, 1807] My dearest Marian, I have been here to breakfast with Sir John Carr, and as I think as much of you in one place as I do in another, have sat down to write to you in the knight's chambers. Though the sun is shining, there is a bitter eastern wind cutting through every nook and cranny of the room, and I really have not the perfect command of my fingers. This wind annoys me the more, because I am afraid it will prevent your walks abroad, which I hope you will not neglect when the weather is more mild. Bathing, I suppose, your uncle will forbid; and truly, to dip into the sea just now must be like jumping upon knives and razors. My brother Robert came last night to "spy the nakedness of the land," and brought with him Mr. Marriott of Enfield. The evening party consisted of those gentlemen, Mr. & Mrs. Hunter, Bess, & myself. Mr. Marriott is much liked for his sense & gentleness. The vivacious youth would have amused you infinitely: he evidently suspected Nancy to be my child, remarked the peculiar likeness to you, and watched me, whenever I approached it, to see what notice it took of me: Mrs. Hunter, as I was standing by, said to the child "There's your father," and I dare say this convinced the inquisitor at once. We all laughed heartily at his departure. Nothing could be more gallant than his language to Mrs. H.; he told her that he had dreamt of her singing, and Mrs. H. asked his permission to laugh at him, as she really could not help it.
|Title||Leigh Hunt letter to Marianne Kent Hunt, March 23, 1807|
Hunt, Leigh, 1784-1859
|Description||Concerning the amusements at Carr's party the previous evening; his love for her; his desire for news from Brighton; his thoughts on the desirableness of a woman who seeks knowledge without forgetting her "natural tenderness" and femininity.|
|Personal Name Subject||
Hunt, Leigh, 1784-1859
Hunt, Marianne Kent, 1788-1857
Hunter, Ann Kent
Kent, Elizabeth, 1790-1861
Carr, John, Sir, 1772-1832
Hunt, Robert, 1773-1851
England -- London
|Digital Collection||Leigh Hunt Letters|
|Contributing Institution||University of Iowa. Libraries. Special Collections Dept.|
Brewer-Leigh Hunt Collection
|Location||bound MsL H94hum2 leaf 30 (one of 34 letters in MsL H94hum2)|
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|Number of Pages||3|
|Number of Sheets of Paper||1|
|Digitization Specifications||Scanned with Ricoh Aficio 2335 scanner at 600 ppi, 24-bit color. Archival tiff image available.|
|Transcript||Temple [London] Monday Morn. [March 23, 1807]|
1. Sir John Carr (1772-1832), called to the bar at Temple, but for health reasons travelled widely and published accounts of his journeys .
2. Genesis, 42:9 - "Ye are spies; to see the nakedness of the land ye are come."
3. Daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Rowland Hunter .
4. Probably a girl Marianne met in Brighton .
5. A reference to the vast Royal Stables with the immense glass dome, located on the north side of the Royal Pavilion grounds, which the Prince of Wales began building in 1803 and put to use in August of l806. The stables were completed in 1808 at a cost of over £55,000. (See Life in Brighton, pp. 131, 136.)
Cheney, David R. (David Raymond), 1922-2006
Ward M. Canaday Center for Special Collections: http://www.utoledo.edu/library/canaday/index.html
|Letter Published In||Luther A. Brewer, ed. My Leigh Hunt Library, the Holograph Letters. Iowa City: University of Iowa Press, 1938, pp.26-28.|