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Letter to B.R. HaydonBenjamin Robert Haydon | Born: 1786-01-26 in Plymouth, England. Died: 1846-06-22 in London.
Benjamin Robert Haydon was a painter educated at the Royal Academy, who was famous for contemporary, historical, classical, biblical, and mythological scenes, though tormented by financial difficulties. He painted William Wordsworth’s portrait in 1842. MRM was introduced to him at his London studio in the spring of 1817, and Sir William Elford was a mutual friend. He committed suicide in 1846. English painter and author (1786-1846) Published Autobiography in 3 vols. (1853) John Keats named him in several poems. --#ebb #lmw
, 1823 June 14

Edited by Elizabeth Raisanen.

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First digital edition in TEI, date: 1 December 2014. P5.Edition made with help from photos taken by Digital Mitford editors. Digital Mitford photo files: 14June1823BRHaydon4b.JPG, 14June1823BRHaydon4a.JPG, 14June1823BRHaydon3b.JPG, 14June1823BRHaydon3a.JPG, 14June1823BRHaydon2a.JPG, 14June1823BRHaydon2b.JPG, 14June1823BRHaydon1b.JPG, 14June1823BRHaydon1a.JPG, .

Published by: Digital Mitford: The Mary Russell Mitford Archive, Greensburg, PA, USA: 2014.

Reproduced by courtesy of the The Reading Central Library.

Digital Mitford Letters: The Mary Russell Mitford Archive

Repository: The Reading Central Library. Shelf mark: qB/TU/MIT Vol. 4 Horizon No.: 1361550 ff. 473

One quarto sheet of paper folded in half to form two octavo pages, which comprise pages 1-3 of the letter. The fourth page page bears the address of the recipient in the middle and is folded is folded into 3 parts for posting. Address leaf bearing the following postmarks: 1) blue elliptical Receiving House stamp [Reading]


2) Sepia-colored indented stamp stamp in on bottom part of the address page folds. reading MORN
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17*JU
1823 A large 2 denoting the fee for a single-sheet letter has been written in black ink by the postal service above the address, partially over the last name of the addressee The red seal from 1823 is unrecognizable as most of it (from the upper middle region onwards is missing. The seal has left an imprint on the top right corner of page 3. The upper right corner of page is also torn out, perhaps from when the letter was opened as the seal stuck to it. The address page also carries a water mark. In the addressee's address, the first word of the second line is unrecognizable due as parts of it are faint from a brown mark. The word London in the last line of the addressee’s address is striked through. Red wax seal. Partial Red wax seal on top right corner of page 4 when opened.

Hands other than Mitford's noted on this manuscript:

Mitford’s spelling and punctuation are retained, except where a word is split at the end of a line and the beginning of the next in the manuscript. Where Mitford’s spelling and hyphenation of words deviates from the standard, in order to facilitate searching we are using the TEI elements “choice," “sic," and “reg" to encode both Mitford’s spelling and the regular international standard of Oxford English spelling, following the first listed spelling in the Oxford English Dictionary. The long s and ligatured forms are not encoded. Added penAnnot hand. Proofing complete. Stamp needs to be looked at. Proofing started, research question developed. Checked for completion, spelling errors corrected Minor corrections made to stamp information. Added pennAnnot handNote. Added photo file information. Updated header to include the correct letter xml:id. Needs correct header information added. Proofing text from ms.
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To B.R. Haydon EsqrBenjamin Robert Haydon | Born: 1786-01-26 in Plymouth, England. Died: 1846-06-22 in London.
Benjamin Robert Haydon was a painter educated at the Royal Academy, who was famous for contemporary, historical, classical, biblical, and mythological scenes, though tormented by financial difficulties. He painted William Wordsworth’s portrait in 1842. MRM was introduced to him at his London studio in the spring of 1817, and Sir William Elford was a mutual friend. He committed suicide in 1846. English painter and author (1786-1846) Published Autobiography in 3 vols. (1853) John Keats named him in several poems. --#ebb #lmw
12 1823 Three Mile Cross June 14th 1823.

You must not imagine, my dear friend, because I answer your long and most interesting communications, by notes as inferior in quantity as in quality, that I am insensible to the distinction & the pleasure of being thought of by you, even in such moments as these. I am--we are all--so deeply interested for you--& so ashamed that such a country as this, such an Artist, such a man should he suffered to undergo the deprivations & losses which you have experienced--I could not help crying when I read the account of your desolated home--It had seemed so serene in its beautiful privacy--& even in its smallness--& snugness & comfort--there was a feeling of serenity & shelter ^ in it page 2
like the covered nest of the long tailed wrenLong_tailed_wren
The Naga wren-babbler or long-tailed wren-babbler (Spelaeornis chocolatinus), a bird species in the family Timaliidae.--#mq
--but you have still your lovely mateMary Hyman Haydon
The daughter of the Rev. Benjamin Cobley, the Rector of Dodbrooke, Kingsbridge, Devon, she was widowed with two children when she married Benjamin Robert Haydon on 10 October 1821.--#ghb
& the dear little ones--& your own buoyancy--which is really that of a winged creature--& I doubt not to see ^ you again in as  ^ soft & happy a nest. Government, or ParliamentParliament
Parliament of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland; supreme legislative body in England. --#ajc
, or the Public must do something great & permanent for you--they must for shame.

What you say respecting one of your pupils grieves me very much--I hope you are mistaken--It would be an added grief to lose a friend--to be conscious that a friend had been unworthy--& all your pupils had been your friends. I cannot imagine thatany oneanyone who had lived with you could be guilty of such a small & paltry vanity--And yet it is I really believe that evil quality which exists in the greatest abundance in the world, & page 3
which produces most ill co[Gap: 3 chars, reason: torn.][nse]quences, to every one--especially to its possessors. I never knew or guessed at the universality of its diffusion till my visits to TownLondon_city
Capital city of England and the United Kingdom; one the oldest cities in Western Europe. Major seaport and global trading center at the mouth of the Thames. From 1831 to 1925, the largest city in the world.--#lmw
this spring--& really, except  at your house, the clinging nauseous intolerable weed appeared to me to grow every where. But I still hope that you are mistaken--I will hope so.--

We were exceedingly interested & affected by your account of the pathetic incident of Mrs. HaydonMary Hyman Haydon
The daughter of the Rev. Benjamin Cobley, the Rector of Dodbrooke, Kingsbridge, Devon, she was widowed with two children when she married Benjamin Robert Haydon on 10 October 1821.--#ghb
& the Infant--It is indeed a true "bit of nature"--But you are a happy man still! And she is a happy woman!

God bless you, my dear Friend!--Give me good news I beseech you as soon as any happen--at all events let me hear that you are well--for that is good news too--the best. Kindest regards from all.


Ever most affectionately your'syours
M. R. Mitford.Mary Russell Mitford | Born: 1787-12-16 in New Alresford, Hampshire, England. Died: 1855-01-10 in Swallowfield, Berkshire, England.
Poet, playwright, writer of prose fiction sketches, Mary Russell Mitford is, of course, the subject of our archive. Mary Russell Mitford was born on December 16, 1787 at New Alresford, Hampshire, the only child of George Mitford (or Midford) and Mary Russell. She was baptized on February 29, 1788. Much of her writing was devoted to supporting herself and her parents. She received a civil list pension in 1837. Census records from 1841 indicate that she is living with her father George, three female servants: Kerenhappuch Taylor (Mary’s ladies maid), two maids of all work, Mary Bramley and Mary Allaway, and a manservant (probably serving also as gardener), Benjamin Embury. The 1851 census lists her occupation as "authoress," and lists her as living at Three Mile Cross with Kerenhappuch Taylor (lady’s maid), Sarah Chernk (maid-of-all-work), and Samuel Swetman (gardener), after the death of her father. Mitford’s long life and prolific career ended after injuries from a carriage accident. She died on 10 January 1855 at Swallowfield, Berkshire and she is buried in Swallowfield churchyard. The executor of her will and her literary executor was the Rev. William Harness and her lady’s maid, Kerenhappuch Taylor Sweetman, was residuary legatee of her estate. --#lmw #ebb


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B. R. Haydon EsqreBenjamin Robert Haydon | Born: 1786-01-26 in Plymouth, England. Died: 1846-06-22 in London.
Benjamin Robert Haydon was a painter educated at the Royal Academy, who was famous for contemporary, historical, classical, biblical, and mythological scenes, though tormented by financial difficulties. He painted William Wordsworth’s portrait in 1842. MRM was introduced to him at his London studio in the spring of 1817, and Sir William Elford was a mutual friend. He committed suicide in 1846. English painter and author (1786-1846) Published Autobiography in 3 vols. (1853) John Keats named him in several poems. --#ebb #lmw

Historical Painter
King's Bench PrisonKings Bench Prison, Southwark, London, England | Southwark | London | England | 51.5016303 -0.09155820000000858 | A prison in Southwark, south London, that took its name from the King’s Bench court of law, which heard cases of bankruptcy and other misdemeanors. In use from medieval times, during Mitford’s time it was often used as a debtor’s prison.--#lmw51.5016303 -0.09155820000000858
 LondonLondon, England | London | England | 51.5073509 -0.12775829999998223 | Capital city of England and the United Kingdom; one the oldest cities in Western Europe. Major seaport and global trading center at the mouth of the Thames. From 1831 to 1925, the largest city in the world.--#lmw51.5073509 -0.12775829999998223