Chelsea—May 9th 
Your letter of the 4th. instant came into my hands only last night. My extract, I fear, is very long; but I could not find easily a sort of straight-forward bit, that completely worked out its subject. Many thanks for your thus enabling me to give any thing like a pleasure [to] a couple of kind people,—women too,—& one of them Mrs. Howitt. I have [not] forgotten the pleasant day that awaits me at Esher, when extreme occupation allows me to take it; which I trust will be before long; & I will communicate with Mr. Wright on the subject, when my good luck arrives. The spring is indeed heavenly;—a book-spring: — veritable May come to see us again, out of the Elysium in which she lives with the old poets. I congratulate upon it two of the people in all England, whom she is bound to love most; and am,
Dear Madam, Your's & Mr. Howitt's very heartily,
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