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ITEM Identifier: MS Keats 1-6, MS Keats 1, 1.4

A.L.s. to Benjamin Robert Haydon; [London, 21 November 1816]., 1816]. Digital


  • 1816].

Language of Materials


Physical Description

3p. on 2 leaves. F.1,

Conditions Governing Access

Access to original manuscripts and letters is restricted. Readers must use the color digital facsimiles linked to this finding aid or the facsimile edition of manuscripts. Facsimiles can be found in: John Keats. Poetry Manuscripts at Harvard, edited by Jack Stillinger (Belknap Press, 1990) and in other sources noted in the finding aid.


25 linear feet


16.3 x 19 cm.

General note

Contains revised version of Great spirits now on earth are sojourning. Rollins 12.

General note

Contains text of letter on recto, address on verso; a piece 5.5 x 11.2 cm. containing the signature was cut away and inscribed as follows: "Cut by Mrs Haydon from a letter to her husband--& handed to me by her son Fred--November 23rd 1848 F[rancis] Bennoch." It was supposed to be sent by Bennoch to Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, but instead was attached to a watercolor portrait of Keats by Joseph Severn, from which it is now detached and restored to the original letter. F.2, 23.3 x 18.4 cm., contains the sonnet; verso blank.

Laid paper, posthorn watermark.

Except as noted, same provenance as 1.3.

Haydon transcript, 4.7.24.

Repository Details

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