200 years ago Keats was making preparations for his new career

On Friday 1 October 1819 Keats wrote to his family friend Charles Wentworth Dilke:

My dear Dilke,                                                Winchester Friday Octr 1st
For sundry reasons, which I will explain to you when I come to Town, I have to request you will do me a great favour as I must call it knowing how great a Bore it is. That your imagination may not have time to take too great an alarm I state immediately that I want you to hire me a *couple of rooms in Westminster. Quietness and cheapness are the essentials: but as I shall with Brown be returned by next Friday you cannot in that space have sufficient time to make any choice selection, and need not be very particular as I can when on the spot suit myself at leisure. Brown bids me remind you not to send the Examiners after the third. Tell Mrs. D. I am obliged to her for the late ones which I see are directed in her hand. Excuse this mere business letter for I assure you I have not a syllable at hand on any subject in the world.
Your sincere friend,
John Keats.
* A Sitting Room and bed room for myself alone.

[Presumably the footnote was added to forestall any idea Dilke might have that Keats planned to elope with Fanny Brawne.]

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