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THE LETTERS



OF



CHARLES LAMB



THE LETTEES



OF



CHARLES LAMB

i&etolg &tranc$cti, inttfj Sttrtittfotts



EDITED, WITH INTRODUCTION AND NOTES, BY

ALFEED AINGER



VOL. II



HOtttlOU
MACMILLAN AND CO.

AND NEW YORK

1888

All rights reserved



CONTENTS OF VOL. II.



CHAPTER IV.

1817-1823.

LETTERS TO THE WORDSWORTHS, BERNARD
BARTON, AND OTHERS.

LETTER

CLXIII. To William Ayrton, Esq. .
CLXIV. To Mr. Barron Field
CLXV. Mary Lamb to Miss Words-
worth ....
CLXVI. To Miss Wordsworth
CLX VII. To J. Payne Collier .
CLXVIII. To Benjamin Robert Haydon Dec. 1817
CLXIX. To Mrs. Wordsworth
CLXX. To Messrs. Ollier .
CLXXI. To Robert Southey .
CLXXII. To Samuel Taylor Cole-
ridge
CLXXIII. To John Chambers .
CLXXIV. To William Wordsworth .
CLXXV. To Thomas Manning .



DATE


PAGE


May 17, 1817


1


Aug. 31, 1817


4


Nov. 21, 1817


6


Nov. 21, 1817


8


Dec. 10, 1817


8


Dec. 1817


9


Feb. 18, 1818


10


June 18, 1818


14


Oct. 26, 1818


15


Dec. 24, 1818


16


[1818]


17


May 1819


20


May 28, 1819


22



VI CONTENTS.

LETTER DATE PAGE

CLXXVI. To William Wordsworth June 7, 1819 24
CLXXVII. To Joseph Cottle . . 1819 26
CLXXVIII. „ „ [1819] 27
CLXXIX. „ ,, Nov. 5, 1819 28
CLXXX. To Miss Wordsworth . Nov. 25, 1819 29
CLXXXI. To Samuel Taylor Cole-
ridge . . . Jan. 10, 1820 31
CLXXXII. To Thomas Allsop . Mar. 30, 1821 32
CLXXXIII. To Samuel Taylor Cole-
ridge .... May 1, 1821 33
CLXXXIV. To Mr. Gillman . . May 2, '21. 33
CLXXXV. To John Payne Collier May 16, 1821 33
CLXXXVI. To J. Taylor . . July 30, 1821 35
CLXXXVII. To C. Cowden Clarke . [1821] 36
CLXXXYIII. To Samuel Taylor Cole-
ridge . .. . Mar. 9, 1822 37
CLXXXIX. To William Wordsworth Mar. 20, 1822 39
CXC. To William Godwin . May 16, 1822 41
CXCI. To John Clare . . Aug. 31, 1822 41
CXCII. To Bernard Barton . Sept. 11, 1822 43
CXCIII. To Mrs. Kenney . . Sept. 11, 1822 44
CXCIV. To Mr. Barron Field . Sept. 22, 1822 45
CXCV. To Bernard Barton . Oct. 9, 1822 47
CXCVI. To B. R. Haydon . . Oct. 19, 1822 48
CXCVII. „ ,, [Oct. 29, 1822] 49
CXCVIII. To John Howard Payne Nov. 1822 49
CXCIX. „ ,, . . Nov. 13, '22 50
CC. To J. Taylor . . Dec. 7, 1822 52
CCI. To Mr. Walter Wilson Dec. 16, 1822 53
CCII. To Bernard Barton . Dec. 23, 1822 55





CONTENTS.




VI 1


LETTER




DATE


PAGE


CCIII.


To Miss Wordsworth


[May 25, 1820]


56


CCIV.


>> )>


Christmas 1822


57


ccv.


To Dibdin, Esq. .


1822


59


CCVI.


To Mr. and Mrs. Bruton


Jan. 6, 1823


60


CCYII.


To Bernard Barton


Jan. 9, 1823


61


CCVIII.


To J. Howard Payne


Jan. 23, '23


63


CCIX.


To Bernard Barton


Feb. 17, 1823


64


ccx.


To J. Howard Payne


Feb. 1823


66


CCXI.


To Walter Wilson


Feb. 24, 1823


67


CCXII.


To Bernard Barton


March 5, 1823


68


CCX 1 1 1.


>> i)


Mar. 11, 1823


70


CCXIV.


To J. Howard Payne


1823


72


ccxv.


j> j j


1823


73


CCXVI.


To B. W. Procter .


April 13, 1823


74


CCXVII.


To Miss Hutchinson


April 25, 1823


75


CCXVIII.


To Bernard Barton


May 3, 1823


77


CCXIX.


To J. B. Dibdin


May 6, 1823


78


ccxx.


To William Hone .


May 19, '23


79


CCXXI.


To Charles Lloyd .


1823


79


CCXXII.


To Bernard Barton


July 10, 1823


80


CCXXIII.


To Thomas Allsop .


Aug. 9, 1823


82


CCXXIV.


To Bernard Barton


Sept. 2, 1823


82


CCXXV.


To Thomas Hood


[Late in 1823]


84


CCXXVI.


To Thomas Allsop .


Sept. 10, 1823


85


CCXXVII.


To Bernard Barton


Sept. 17, 1823


85


CCXX VIII.


To Thomas Allsop .


1823


87


CCXXIX.


To Rev. H. F. Cary


Oct. 14, 1823


87


ccxxx.


To J. B. Dibdin


Oct. 28, 1823


88


CCXXXI.


To Robert Southey


Nov. 21, 1823


89


CCXXXII.


To Bernard Barton


Nov. 22, 1823


90



Vlll CONTENTS.

LETTER DATE PAGE

CCXXXIII. To Mrs. Hazlitt . . [Nov. 1823] 91

CCXXXIV. To Mr. Ainsworth . Dec. 9, 1823 93

CCXXXV. „ ,, . Dec. 29, 1823 94

CHAPTER V.

1824-27.

LETTERS TO BERNARD BARTON AND OTHERS.



CCXXXVI.


To Bernard Barton .


Jan. 9, 1824


96


CCXXXVII.


M n


Jan. 23, 1824


98


CCXXXVIII.


To Charles Ollier


[Jan. 27, 1824]


100


CCXXXIX.


To Bernard Barton .


Feb. 25, 1824


100


CCXL.


J J 1)


Mar. 24, 1824


102


CCXLI.


> > : J


April 1824


103


CCXLII.


? > j>


May 15, 1824


104


CCXLIII.


! J J)


July 7, 1824


106


CCXLIV.


To John B. Dibdin


July 28, 1824


107


CCXLV.


To Rev. H. F. Cary


Aug. 19, 1824


108


CCXLVI.


To Bernard Barton .


Aug. 1824


108


CCXLVII.


)> >>


Sept. 30, 1824


110


CCXLVIII.


To Mrs. Collier .


Nov. 2, 1824


112


CCXLIX.


To B. "W. Procter


Nov. 11, '24


113


CCL.


To Miss Hutchinson .


Nov. 11, 1824


114


CCLI.


To Bernard Barton .


Dec. 1, 1824


116


CCLII.


To Samuel Taylor Cole


-






ridge


1824


118


CCLIII.


To Leigh Hunt .


[End of 1824]


119


CCLIV.


To Thomas Allsop


Jan. 7, 1825


121


CCLV.


To John B. Dibdin


Jan. 11, 1825


122



132



CONTENTS. IX

UTTER DATE PAOE

CCLVI. To Miss Hutchinson . Jan. 20, 1825 123

CCLVII. To Bernard Barton . Feb. 10, 1825 124

CCLVIII. To Thomas Manning . [Early in 1825] 125

CCLIX. To Bernard Barton . Mar. 23, 1825 126

CCLX. To William Wordsworth April 6, 1825 127

CCLXI. To Bernard Barton . April 6, 1825 129

CCLXII. To Miss Hutchinson . April 18, 1825 130

CCLXIII. To Vincent Novello . April 25, 1825 132

CCLXIV. To William Words- < [Middle of May

WORTH

CCLXV. To Bernard Barton .
CCLXVI.

CCLXVII. To Robert Southey .
CCLXVIII. To William Hone
CCLXIX. To Thomas Manning .
CCLXX. To Charles Ollier
CCLXXI.

CCLXXII. To Bernard Barton .
CCLXXIII.

CCLXXIV. To Samuel Taylor Cole-
ridge . . .
CCLXXV. To Rev. H. F. Cary .
CCLXXVI. To Vincent Novello .
CCLXXVII. To Bernard Barton .
CCLXXVIII. To Samuel Taylor Cole-
ridge ....
CCLXXIX. To J. B. Dibdin .
CCLXXX. „ „ .

CCLXXXI. To William Hone
CCLXXXII. To J. B. Dibdin .



1825]




July 2, 1825


134


Aug. 10, 1825


135


Aug. 19, 1825


136


Sept. 30, 1825


139


Dec. 10, 1825


140


[Jan. 1826]


140


Jan. 1826


141


Feb. 7, 1826


141


Mar. 20, 1826


142


Mar. 22, 1826


144


April 3, 1826


145


May 9, 1826


145


May 16, 1826


146


June 1, 1826


147


June 1826


148


July 14, 1826


150


[July 25, 1826]


152


Sept. 9, 1826


153



X CONTENTS.

LETTER DATE PAGE

CCLXXXIII. To Bernard Barton . Sept. 26, 1826 155

CCLXXXIV. „ ,, . [End of 1826] 157

CCLXXXV. To H. C. Robinson . Jan. 20, 1827 158

CCLXXXVI. To Thomas Allsop . Jan. 25, 1827 160

CCLXXXVII. To William Hone . Jan. 27, 1827 160

CCLXXXVIII. ,, ,, . [Feb. 5, 1827] 161

CCLXXXIX. ,, ,, . [Mar. 20, 1827] 162

CCXC. To B. R. Haydon . Mar. 1827 162

CCXCI. To Vincent Novello . April 1827 163

CCXCII. To William Hone . [May 1827] 164

CCXCIII. To Bernard Barton . June 11, 1827 165

CCXCIV. To William Hone . [June 1827] 167

CCXCV. To Mr. Patmore . Julie 19, 1827 167

CCXCVI. To Mrs. Shelley . July 26, 1827 169

CCXC VII. To Sir John Stoddart [Aug. 9, 1827] 171

CCXCVIII. To Bernard Barton . Aug. 10, 1827 172

CCXCIX. To William Hone . [Aug. 10, 1827] 174

CCC. To Bernard Barton . Aug. 28, 1827 174

CCCI. To William Hone . Sept. 2 [1827] 176

CCCII. To J. B. Dibdin . . Sept. 5, 1827 176

CCCIII. „ ,, . . Sept. 13, 1827 177

CCCIV. To Thomas Hood . [Sept. 18, 1827] 178

CCCV. To J. B. Dibdin . . Sept. 18, 1827 180

CCCVI. To Henry Colburn . Sept. 25, 1827 181

CCCVII. To P. G. Patmore . Sept. 1827 181

CCCVIII. To H. Crabb Robinson Oct. 1, 1827 183

CCCIX. To J. B. Dibdin . . Oct. 2, 1827 184

CCCX. To Barron Field . Oct. 4, 1827 184

CCCXI. To H. Dodwell . . Oct. 7, 1827 185

CCCXII. To William Hone . [Oct. 1827] 188



CONTENTS. XI

LETTER DATE PAGE

CCCXIII. To Leigh Hunt . . [Nov.] 1827 188

CCCXIV. To Bernard Barton . Nov. 1827 189

CCCXY. ,, ,, . Dec. 4, 1827 190

CCCXVI. To Thomas Allsop . Dec. 20, 1827 191

CCCXVII. To Bernard Barton . [Dec] 1827 192

CCCXVIII. „ „ . [Dec] 1827 192



CHAPTEE VI.

1828-1834.

LETTERS TO BERNARD BARTON, CO WD EN CLARKE,

PROCTER, MOXON, AND OTHERS.

LETTER DATE PAGE

CCCXIX. To Thomas Allsop . Jan. 2, 1828 195

CCCXX. To C. Cowden Clarke . Feb. 25 [1828] 196

CCCXXI. To Mr. Moxon . . Mar. 19, 1828 198

CCCXXII. To Rev. E. Irving . . April 3, 1828 198

CCCXXIII. To Bernard Barton . April 21, 1828 199

CCCXXI V. To William Hone. . May 2, 1828 199

CCCXXV. To Mr. Moxon . . May 3, 1828 200

CCCXXVI. To Rev. H. F. Cary . June 10, 1828 200

CCCXXVII. To Mrs. Basil Montagu [Summer 1828] 201

CCCXXVIII. To B. R. Hatdon . . August 1828 202

CCCXXIX. To Bernard Barton . Oct. 11, 1828 203

CCCXXX. To C. Cowden Clarke . [Oct. 1828] 205

CCCXXXI. To Vincent Novello . [Nov. 6, 1828] 206

CCCXXXII. To Laman Blanchard . Nov. 9, 1828 209

CCCXXXIII. To Bernard Barton . Dec. 5, 1828 210

CCCXXXIV. To C. Cowden Clarke . [Dec. 1828] 212



Xll



CONTENTS.



LETTER

cccxxxv.
cccxxxvx

CCCXXXVII.

CCCXXXVIII.

CCCXXXIX.

CCCXL.

CCCXLI.

CCCXLII.

CCCXLIII.

CCCXLIV.

CCCXLV.

CCCXLVI.

CCCXLVII.

CCCXLVIII.

CCCXLIX.

CCCL.

CCCLI.
CCCLII.

CCCLIII.

CCCLIV.

CCCLV.

CCCLVI.

CCCLVII.

CCCLVIII.

CCCLIX.

CCCLX.



To B. W. Procter

To Thomas Hood
To B. W. Procter



To Cowden Clarke .
To H. C. Robinson
To Bernard Barton .
To H. C. Robinson

To Walter Wilson .
To Thomas Allsop
To Bernard Barton .

To Samuel Taylor Cole-
ridge

To Mr. Serjeant Tal-

fourd
To Mr. Gillman
To Vincent Novello
To Walter Wilson
To Mr. Gillman



DATE PAGE

Jan. 19, 1829 213

Jan. 22, 1829 216

[1829] 217

Jan. 29, 1829 218

[1829] 219

Feb. 2, 1829 220

Feb. 2, 1829 221

Feb. 27, 1829 221

Mar. 25, 1829 222

April 10, 1829 223

April 17, 1829 224

May 28, 1829 226

[Summer 1829] 226

July 3, 1829 227

July 25, 1829 228



1829
1829



230
231



To Bernard Barton .
To William Words-
worth
CCCLXI. To Bernard Barton .



[1829] 231

Oct. 26, 1829 232

[Oct. 1829] 233

Nov. 15, 1829 234

Nov. 30, 1829 236

[Dec] 1829 239

[Dec] 1829 239

Dec. 8, 1829 239

Jan. 22, 1830 241

Feb. 25, 1830 246



CONTENTS.



Xlll



LETTER

CCCLXII.
CCCLXIII.

CCCLXIV.

CCCLXV.

CCCLXVI.

CCCLXVII.

CCCLXVIII.

CCCLXIX.

CCCLXX.

CCCLXXI.

CCCLXXII.

CCCLXXIII.

CCCLXXIV.

CCCLXXV.

CCCLXXVI.

CCCLXXVII.

CCCLXXVIII.

CCCLXXIX.

CCCLXXX.

CCCLXXXI.

CCCLXXXII.

CCCLXXXIII.

CCCLXXXIV.

CCCLXXXV.

CCCLXXXVI.

CCCLXXXVII.

CCCLXXXVI II.

CCCLXXXIX.

cccxc.



To Mes. Hazlitt
To Rev. James Gill-

MAX

To William Ayrton
To Mes. Williams .

>> >>

To Robert Southey .
To Mr. Moxon .
To Dr. Asbury .
To Mr. Novello
To Mr. Hone .
To Mrs. Hazlitt

>> >>

To William Hone .
To Bernard Barton
To William Hone .
To Bernard Barton
To Vincent Novello
To Mr. Moxon .
To George Dyer

To Rev. H. F. Cary .
To Bernard Barton
To Rev. H. F. Cary .
To John Taylor
To Mr. Moxon .



To W. S. Landor



DATE PAGE

Mar. 4, 1830 247

Mar. 8, 1830 248

Mar. 14, 1830 249

April 2, 1830 251
Good Friday, 1830 252

May 10, 1830 253

May 12, 1830 255

[May 1830] 255

May 14, 1830 256

May 21, 1830 257

May 24, 1830 257

June 3, 1830 260

June 17, 1830 260

June 28, 1830 261

July 1, 1830 262

Aug. 30, 1830 262

Nov. 8, 1830 263

Nov. 12, 1830 263

Dec. 20, 1830 264

Feb. 22, 1831 266

April 13, 1831 269

April 30, 1831 269

Maii 6, 1831 270

June 8, 1831 271

Aug. 1831 272

Sept. 5, 1831 273

Oct. 24, 1831 273

Feb. 1832 275

April 9, 1832 278



XIV CONTENTS.

LETTER DATE PAGE

CCCXCI. To Samuel Taylor Cole-
ridge .... April 14, 1832 278
CCCXCII. To Mr. Moxon . . [1832] 279
CCCXCIII. To Mr. Serjeant Talfourd Feb. 1833 280
CCCXCIV. To Mr. Moxon . . Feb. 11, 1833 281
CCCXCV. To William Hone . . Mar. 6, 1833 281
CCCXCVI. To Mr. Moxon . . Mar. 19, 1833 282
CCCXCVII. „ . . Apr. 27, 1833 282
CCCXCVIII. To Mrs. Hazlitt . . May 31, 1833 283
CCCXCIX. To William Wordsworth 1833 283
CCCC. To Mr. Moxon . . May 1833 285
CCCCI. ,, . . July 24, 1833 286
CCCCII. To Thomas Allsop . July 1833 287
CCCCIII. To Mr. Moxon . . 1833 287
CCCCI V. To Mr. and Mrs. Moxon Aug. 1833 288
CCCCV. To Rev. H. F. Cary . Sept. 9, 1833 289
CCCCVI. To Mr. and Mrs. Moxon Nov. 29, 1833 290
CCCC VII. To Mr. Rogers . . Dec. 1833 292
CCCCVIII. To Mary Betham . . Jan. 24, 1834 294
CCCCIX. To Miss Fryer . . Feb. 14, 1834 295
CCCCX. To William Wordsworth Feb. 22, 1834 296
CCCCXI. To Thomas Manning . May 10, 1834 297
CCCCXII. To Rev. James Gillman Aug. 5, 1834 299
CCCCXIII. To Rev. H. F. Cary . Sept. 12, 1834 299
CCCCXIV. To Mr. Childs . . Sept. 15, 1834 300
CCCCXV. To Rev. H. F. Cary . [Oct. 1834] 301
CCCCXVI. „ ,, . [Oct. 18, 1834] 303
CCCCXVII. To Mrs. Dyer . . Dec. 22, 1834 303

NOTES 305

INDEX 359



CHAPTER IV.

1817-1823.

LETTERS TO THE WORDSWORTHS, BERNARD BARTON,
AND OTHERS.

To WILLIAM AYRTON, Esq.

LettekCLXIII.] May 17, 1817.

My dear friend,
Before I end,
Have you any
More orders for Don Giovanni,
To give
Him that doth live
Your faithful Zany 1

Without raillery,
I mean Gallery
Ones :
For I am a person that shuns
All ostentation
And being at the top of the fashion ;
And seldom go to operas
But in formd pauperis !

I go to the play
In a very economical sort of a way,
Rather to see
Than be seen ;

U , 'VOL. II. B



LETTERS OF CHARLES LAMB.

Though I'm no ill sight
Neither,
By candle-light
And in some kinds of weather.
You might pit me

For height
Against Kean ;
But in a grand tragic scene
I'm nothing :
It would create a kind of loathing
To see me act Hamlet ;
There'd be many a damn let

Fly
At my presumption,

If I should try,
Being a fellow of no gumption.

By the way, tell me candidly how you relish
This, which they call
The lapidary style 1
Opinions vary.
The late Mr. Mellish
Could never abide it ;
He thought it vile,
And coxcombical.
My friend the poet laureat,
Who is a great lawyer at

Anything comical,
Was the first who tried it ;
But Mellish could never abide it ;
But it signifies very little what Mellish said,
Because he is dead.

For who can confute

A body that's mute ?
Or who would fight
With a senseless sprite ?

Or think of troubling



TO AYRTON. 3

An inpenetrable old goblin,
That's dead and gone,
And stiff as stone,
To convince him with arguments pro and con,
As if some live logician,
Bred up at Merton, —
Or Mr. Hazlitt, the metaphysician ;—
Hey, Mr. Ayrton !
With all your rare tone.

For tell me how should an apparition
List to your call,
Though you talk'd for ever,

Ever so clever :
When his ear itself,
By which he must hear, or not hear at all,
Is laid on the shelf 1 ?
Or put the case
(For more grace),
It were a female spectre —
Now could you expect her
To take much gust
In long speeches,
With her tongue as dry as dust,
In a sandy place,
Where no peaches,
Nor lemons, nor limes, nor oranges hang,
To drop on the drought of an arid harangue,
Or quench,
With their sweet drench,
The fiery pangs which the worms inflict,
With their endless nibblings,
Like quibblings,
Which the corpse may dislike, but can ne'er contradict?
Hey, Mr. Ayrton !
With all your rare tone.

I am.

0. Lamb.



4 LETTERS OF CHARLES LAMB.

To Mk. BARRON FIELD.

Letter CLXIV.] August 31, 1817.

My dear Barron — The bearer of this letter so far
across the seas is Mr. Lawrey, who comes out to you as
a missionary, and whom I have been strongly importuned
to recommend to you as a most worthy creature by Mr.
Fenwick, a very old, honest friend of mine ; of whom, if
my memory does not deceive me, you have had some
knowledge heretofore as editor of the Statesman ; a man
of talent, and patriotic. If you can show him any
facilities in his arduous undertaking, you will oblige us
much. Well, and how does the land of thieves use you 1
and how do you pass your time, in your extra-judicial
intervals 1 Going about the streets with a lantern, like
Diogenes, looking for an honest man? You may look
long enough, I fancy. Do give me some notion of the
manners of the inhabitants where you are. They don't
thieve all day long, do they 1 No human property could
stand such continuous battery. And what do they do
when they an't stealing 1

Have you got a theatre 1 What pieces are performed 1
Shakspeare's, I suppose ; not so much for the poetry, as
for his having once been in danger of leaving his country
on account of certain " small deer."

Have you poets among you 1 ? Damn'd plagiarists, I
fancy, if you have any. I would not trust an idea, or
a pocket-handkerchief of mine, among 'em. You are
almost competent to answer Lord Bacon's problem,
whether a nation of atheists can subsist together. You
are practically in one : —

" So thievish 'tis, that the eighth commandment itself
Scarce seemeth there to be."

Our old honest world goes on with little perceptible
variation. Of course you have heard of poor Mitchell's
death, and that G. Dyer is one of Lord Stanhope's



TO FIELD.

residuaries. I am afraid he has not touched much of
the residue yet. He is positively as lean as Cassius.
Barnes is going to Demerara, or Essequibo, I am not
quite certain which. Alsager is turned actor. He came
out in genteel comedy at Cheltenham this season, and has
hopes of a London engagement.

For my own history, I am just in the same spot, doing
the same thing (videlicet, little or nothing) as when you
left me ; only I have positive hopes that I shall be able
to conquer that inveterate habit of smoking which you
may remember I indulged in. I think of making a
beginning this evening, viz. Sunday, 31st Aug. 1817, not
"Wednesday, 2d Feb. 1818, as it will be perhaps when
you read this for the first time. There is the difficulty
of writing from one end of the globe (hemispheres, I call
'em) to another ! Why, half the truths I have sent you
in this letter will become lies before they reach you, and
some of the lies (which I have mixed for variety's sake,
and to exercise your judgment in the finding of them out)
may be turned into sad realities before you shall be called
upon to detect them. Such are the defects of going by
different chronologies. Your "now" is not my "now";
and again, your "then" is not my "then"; but my
"now" may be your "then," and vice versd. Whose
head is competent to these things 1

How does Mrs. Field get on in her geography 1 Does
she know where she is by this time 1 ? I am not sure
sometimes you are not in another planet; but then I
don't like to ask Capt. Burney, or any of those that know
anything about it, for fear of exposing my ignorance.

Our kindest remembrances, however, to Mrs. F., if
she will accept of reminiscences from another planet, or
at least another hemisphere. C. L.



LETTERS OF CHARLES LAMB.



MARY LAMB to Miss WORDSWORTH.

Letter CLXV.] November 21, 1817.

My dear Miss Wordsworth — Your kind letter has
given us very great pleasure; the sight of your hand-
writing was a most welcome surprise to us. We have
heard good tidings of you by all our friends who were so
fortunate as to visit you this Summer, and rejoice to see
it confirmed by yourself. You have quite the advantage,
in volunteering a letter ; there is no merit in replying to
so welcome a stranger.

We have left the Temple. I think you will be sorry
to hear this. I know I have never been so well satisfied
with thinking of you at Rydal Mount, as when I could
connect the idea of you with your own Grasmere Cottage.
Our rooms were dirty and out of repair, and the incon-
veniences of living in chambers became every year more
irksome, and so, at last, we mustered up resolution
enough to leave the good old place, that so long had
sheltered us, and here we are, living at a brazier's shop,
No. 20, in Russell Street, Covent Garden, a place all
alive with noise and bustle; Drury Lane Theatre in
sight from our front, and Covent Garden from our back
windows. The hubbub of the carriages returning from
the play does not annoy me in the least ; strange that it
does not, for it is quite tremendous. I quite enjoy
looking out of the window, and listening to the calling
up of the carriages, and the squabbles of the coachmen
and linkboys. It is the oddest scene to look down upon ;
I am sure you would be amused with it. It is well I
am in a cheerful place, or I should have many misgivings
about leaving the Temple. I look forward with great
pleasure to the prospect of seeing my good friend, Miss
Hutchinson. I wish Rydal Mount, with all its inhabitants
enclosed, were to be transplanted with her, and to remain
stationary in the midst of Covent Garden.



FROM MARY LAMB TO MISS WORDSWORTH. 7

I passed through the street lately where Mr. and Mrs.
Wordsworth lodged ; several fine new houses, which were
then just rising out of the ground, are quite finished, and
a noble entrance made that way into Portland Place. I
am very sorry for Mr. De Quincey. What a blunder the
poor man made when he took up his dwelling among the
mountains ! I long to see my friend Pypos. Coleridge
is still at Little Hampton with Mrs. Gillman; he has
been so ill as to be confined to his room almost the whole
time he has been there.

Charles has had all his Hogarths bound in a book ;
they were sent home yesterday, and now that I have
them altogether, and perceive the advantage of peeping
close at them through my spectacles, I am reconciled to
the loss of them hanging round the room, which has been
a great mortification to me — in vain I tried to console
myself with looking at our new chairs and carpets,
for we have got new chairs, and carpets covering all over
our two sitting-rooms ; I missed my old friends and could
not be comforted — then I would resolve to learn to look
out of the window, a habit I never could attain in my
life, and I have given it up as a thing quite impracticable
— yet when I was at Brighton, last Summer, the first week
I never took my eyes off from the sea, not even to look in
a book : I had not seen the sea for sixteen years. Mrs.
Morgan, who was with us, kept her liking, and continued
her seat in the window till the very last, while Charles
and I played truants, and wandered among the hills,
which we magnified into little mountains, and almost as
good as Westmoreland scenery : certainly we made dis-
coveries of many pleasant walks, which few of the
Brighton visitors have ever dreamed of — for, like as is
the case in the neighbourhood of London, after the first
two or three miles we were sure to find ourselves in a
perfect solitude. I hope we shall meet before the walk-
ing faculties of either of us fail ; you say you can walk
fifteen miles with ease ; that is exactly my stint, and
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fourth day, keeping very quiet between, was all Mrs.
Morgan could accomplish.

God bless you and yours. Love to all and each one.

I am ever yours most affectionately, M. Lamb.



To Miss WORDSWORTH.

Letter CLXVL] November 21, 1817.

Dear Miss Wordsworth — Here we are, transplanted
from our native soil. I thought we never could have
been torn up from the Temple. Indeed it was an ugly
wrench, but like a tooth, now 'tis out, and I am easy.
We never can strike root so deep in any other ground.
This, where we are, is a light bit of gardener's mould,
and if they take us up from it, it will cost no blood and
groans, like mandrakes pulled up. We are in the indi-
vidual spot I like best, in all this great city. The
theatres, with all their noises. Covent Garden, dearer
to me than any gardens of Alcinous, where we are morally
sure of the earliest peas and 'sparagus. Bow Street,
where the thieves are examined, within a few yards of us.
Mary had not been here four-and-twenty hours before she
saw a thief. She sits at the window working ; and casually
throwing out her eyes, she sees a concourse of people com-
ing this way, with a constable to conduct the solemnity.
These little incidents agreeably diversify a female life.

Mary has brought her part of this letter to an ortho-
dox and loving conclusion, which is very well, for I have no
room for pansies and remembrances. What a nice holyday



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