Letter to John Hamilton Reynolds, March 17, 1817

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Letter to John Hamilton Reynolds
by John Keats

March 17th, 1817

My dear Reynolds,-

My brothers are anxious that I should go by myself into the country - they have always been extremely fond of me, and now that Haydon has pointed out how necessary it is that I should be alone to improve myself, they give up the temporary pleasure of living with me continually for a great good which I hope will follow. So I shall soon be out of Town. You must soon bring all your present troubles to a close, and so must I, but we must, like the Fox, prepare for a fresh swarm of flies. Banish money - Banish sofas - Banish Wine - Banish Music; but right Jack Health, honest Jack Health, true Jack Health - Banish Health and banish all the world. I must ... myself ... if I come this evening, I shall horribly commit myself elsewhere. So I will send my excuses to them and Mrs. Dilke by my brothers.

Your sincere friend,

John Keats

This work was published before January 1, 1923, and is in the public domain worldwide because the author died at least 100 years ago.