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Albaro—April 7. 1823. Bebs Bebbissima, I should have written as speedily, though as briefly as I promised, had not your sister & I been having some conversations, of which I wished to send you the result. I therefore give you at least two short letters in one, & would promise another next week, if I did not think that my promises must have become suspicious to you; but I will do it, most certainly. (This is an ejaculation to myself, not made out loud to you.) The result I speak of I should have more chagrin in sending you, even than I have, did I not /think that/ know that you had prepared your mind for it, in case it came; & therefore I will tell you at once, that your sister thinks you had not better not [sic] come over to us just now, for reasons profitable to us all. By & bye /---/ the case will be different; & should you be kept even as late as another year, you have at all events, by these presents, our joint invitations to visit us then,--this time next year--without any farther ado. Your sister will speak to you of it in her own letter. Therefore, dear Bebs, you must again screw up your courage to the sticking-place; & certain of [Continued on Page 1 from Page 4] I hope you remember why I gave you the name of Bebs, & with what feelings I use it, otherwise besides a loss in general, you /---/ lose the zest of my present superlative. Write— write—& in a strain of confidence & expectation, worthy of my heart & my word of honour. It would put me beside myself, if I thought that in your anxiety to be with us, however just & natural your impatience, you were led to doubt for one instant of the truth of /every/ one syllable I say to you.
|Title||Leigh Hunt letter to Elizabeth Kent, April 7, 1823|
Hunt, Leigh, 1784-1859
|Description||Concerning the Hunts' decision to postpone her visit to Italy for a year to avoid gossip and because of the illness of Mrs. Hunt whose death he fears at times; Mrs. Shelley's leaving for England in June which will bring them relief; the success of the Liberal being hindered by pretended friends of Byron who have persuaded him that the Hunts are the ruin of him; only two manuscripts written by Byron expressly for the Liberal, The island, and The age of Bronze.|
|Personal Name Subject||
Hunt, Leigh, 1784-1859
Kent, Elizabeth, 1790-1861
Hunt, Marianne Kent, 1788-1857
Shelley, Mary Wollstonecraft, 1797-1851
Byron, George Gordon Byron, Baron, 1788-1824
Italy -- Albaro
|Digital Collection||Leigh Hunt Letters|
|Contributing Institution||University of Iowa. Libraries. Special Collections Dept.|
|Archival Collection||Brewer-Leigh Hunt Collection|
|Location||MsL H94ke no. 2|
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|Number of Pages||4|
|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||Albaro—April 7. 1823.|
1. William Shakespeare, Macbeth, I.vi.60 .
2. Mary Shelley .
4. blemish on paper
5. blemish in paper—-burn[?]
|Transcript By||Cheney, David R. (David Raymond), 1922-2006|
|Transcript Location||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, p. 125-28;
Hunter Pell McCartney, ed. "The Letters of Leigh Hunt in the Luther A. Brewer Collection: 1816-1825." Diss. University of Pennsylvania, 1958, p. 165-75.