Letter 46

To THOMAS FORBES KELSALL

Shiffnall Aug 11. 1846.

MY DEAR KELSALL,–I have been in the native land of the unicorn, about a week and may remain 5 more: I should wish to see and talk with you during my stay. As you are the busy man I leave the arrangements to your convenience. I had no time to visit Procter in passing through London, but am told that he is appointed to a high office in the government of the kingdom of ye moon, upon which, as a retired member of the company of poets he was I suppose accustomed to draw liberally.

I saw R. Phillips, of course, who wd desire to be remembered to you, were he here: he is stout morally and physically in spite of the undeserved blows, which blind Fate has showered on him. Poor J.G.H. Bourne, another honest and industrious man, has broken down under the pressure of grievances and has left a large young family behind him. These are all our common acquaintance I believe. As for myself, the world which I have carefully kept at arms length has only made me somewhat more indifferent and prosaic than before. Direct to me Francis Beddoes Esqre Cheney Longville nr Ludlow, and find out someway of convincing yourself of the identity, of wh I am not quite sure,
      of your old and present friend
                                    T.L. BEDDOES

Addressed to
THOMAS KELSALL Esqre
Fareham
Hants

[Gosse, 1894]