200 years ago Keats helped Leigh Hunt prepare to move to Marlow

On Sunday 6 April 1817 (Easter Day) Leigh Hunt and his family moved out of their home in the Vale of Health (Hampstead) to stay with Shelley in Marlow. Keats had spent the previous day helping Hunt to pack up his belongings. He declined Shelley’s invitation to join them — as Hunt noted in his memoir ‘Keats did not take to Shelley as kindly as Shelley did to him. Keats, being a little too sensitive on the score of his origin, felt inclined to see in every man of birth a sort of natural enemy.’ ( Morpurgo, J. E. (ed.) 1949 The Autobiography of Leigh Hunt, p. 273-274)

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