…..Found an addition, so back for a while to the Brownings couple to proceed to Florence, Italy….  This is the first letter that Robert Browning wrote to Elizabeth Barrett in response to her bundle of poems of 1844. 

New Cross, Hatcham, Surrey.

[Postmark: 10 January 1845]

I love your verses with all my heart, dear Miss Barrett,—and this is no off-hand complimentary letter that I shall write,—whatever else, no prompt matter-of-course recognition of your genius and there a graceful and natural end of the thing: since the day last week when I first read your poems, I quite laugh to remember how I have been turning and turning again in my mind what I should be able to tell you of their effect upon me.

Copyright Wellesley College (http://www.browningsociety.org/index.html)


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