Elm Tree Road, St. John's Wood
June 20, 1831
Thursday, as it happens, will suit me better than today; and I will do myself the pleasure of being with you.
I need not repeat to you how highly your gift is valued. I have been carrying it about the house with me, like a child who has had a picture-book given it; and have put it among some favourite books on a shelf, just before the table at which I write, that it may help to give me pleasant thoughts. I persuade myself that Steele may have had this identical copy in his hand, Perhaps Pope, perhaps my lady Suffolk, or God knows how many of the wits and charmers of that time; and the advertisements look as if Lintot and Tonson were still booksellers. One feels as if one ought to go and by the "New Atalantis" at "Mr. Morphew's, near Stationers Hall"; or to look at the
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