200 years ago (17 December 1816) Keats wrote to his mentor

Keats writes to Charles Cowden Clarke

My dear Charles…
I met Reynolds at Haydon’s a few mornings since — he promised to be with me this Evening and Yesterday I had the same promise from Severn and I must put you in mind that on last All hallowmas’ day you gave your word that you would spend this Evening with me — so no putting off. I have done little to Endymion lately — I hope to finish it in one more attack — I believe you <know> I went to Richards’s — it was so whoreson a Night that I stopped there all the next day — His Remembrances to you…
I will ever consider you my sincere and affectionate friend — you will not doubt that I am yours.
God bless you,
John Keats.

Letter to Keats’s early mentor (the son of his former teacher). Keats had written to Joseph Severn on 1st November postponing their meeting, apparently until this one.
At this time, when Keats refers to ‘Endymion’ he means the poem now called ‘I stood tip-toe upon a little hill’ (published as the first item in of his 1817 book Poems by John Keats) rather than Endymion: a poetic romance (which was published the following year).
This evening meeting was probably when Keats announced to this circle of friends that he was going to publish his first collection. Richards was the printer who would type-set and print the book the following year.


To Charles Cowden Clarke (London, December 17th, 1816)

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