200 years ago Keats wrote about political duty

On Friday 24 September 1819 Keats wrote to his brother George:
“the first political duty a Man ought to have a Mind to is the happiness of his friends. I wrote Brown a comment on the subject, wherein I explained what I thought of Dilke’s Character, which resolved itself into this conclusion. That Dilke was a Man who cannot feel he has a personal identity unless he has made up his Mind about everything. The only means of strengthening one’s intellect is to make up one’s mind about nothing — to let the mind be a thoroughfare for all thoughts. Not a select party. The genus is not scarce in population. All the stubborn arguers you meet with are of the same brood — They never begin upon a subject they have not preresolved on. They want to hammer their nail into you and if you turn the point, still they think you wrong.”

[Brown = Charles Armitage Brown, Keats’s friend and landlord]
[Dilke = Charles Wentworth Dilke, friend of the Keats family]

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