3 April 1819

Appendix Letter 1


3 April 1819

Hampstead. 3d April 1819.

My dear Boys,

On Thursday next I expect to see you. I shall be in Gracechurch Street at about 11 o’ Clock to meet the Tooting Coach; unless I hear from you to the contrary. I shall rely on your coming at that hour. My Lord Sands and the Marquis of Carrots, my illustrious Nephews,2 will be met at the same time, by their father,3 at the other end of the Town. On Saturday Miss Jin and Miss Fanny,4 with half a dozen other Misses, (my sweetheart Emma5 among them) are to try how much Cake it will be possible to consume at one sitting. And on Easter day we are all invited to dine at Mr Davenport’s.6

Your Uncle7 has this morning begun to move off from Wentworth Place. I don’t like it at all. He has taken a house in Westminster to be near Master Charley at the school. You will be sorry not to find them my next door neighbours. Mr Brawne8 has taken the house.

Present my Compts to Mr Lord, and request to know when the first full school day will take place after the holidays.

Dear Boys, I am ever
     Your affectionate friend,
           Chas Brown.


1 MS: Churchill College Archives Centre, Cambridge (REND 5/2). Printed: Garrett (11) with transcriptional errors. Henry (1805-1879) and John Snook (1807-1887), the sons of Letitia and John Snook, Dilke’s sister and brother-in-law, were attending Mr. Lord’s Academy in Tooting, Surrey. [Return to the letter]

2 John Mavor Brown (b. 1808), and James Armitage Brown (1810-1896), whose red hair elicited the nickname, "the Marquis of Carrots." The boys stayed with Brown in Hampstead for about a week and annoyed Keats by making "a bit of a racket" (Letters, ii. 83). [Return to the letter]

3 John Armitage Brown (1778-1823). [Return to the letter]

4 Jane Wingfield Brown (1807-1890), and Frances Joanna Brown (b. 1811), Brown’s nieces. [Return to the letter]

5 Probably Emma Davenport (b. 1807), one of the daughters of Burrage Davenport. [Return to the letter]

6 Burrage Davenport (1778-1863), a merchant at 46 Lime Street and then at 2 (later 3) Dunster Court, Mincing Lane. He lived at 2 Church Row in Hampstead with his wife, Hannah, whom he married in 1802, and the couple was on good terms with Keats and Brown. [Return to the letter]

7 Charles W. Dilke. [Return to the letter]

8 A mistake for Mrs. Frances Brawne (1772-1829). Her husband, Samuel Vernon Brawne (b. 1778), had died in 1810. [Return to the letter]