enter’st here, no more presume
To name a Parlour, or a Drawing Room;
But, bending lowly to each, holy Story,
Make this thy Chapel, and thine Oratory.]
CHARLES LAMB TO S.T. COLERIDGE
April 14th, 1832.
My dear Coleridge,—Not an unkind thought has passed in my brain about you. But I have been wofully neglectful of you, so that I do not deserve to announce to you, that if I do not hear from you before then, I will set out on Wednesday morning to take you by the hand. I would do it this moment, but an unexpected visit might flurry you. I shall take silence for acquiescence, and come. I am glad you could write so long a letter. Old loves to, and hope of kind looks from, the Gilmans, when I come.
Yours semper idem C.L.
If you ever thought an offence, much more wrote it, against me, it must have been in the times of Noah; and the great waters swept it away. Mary’s most kind love, and maybe a wrong prophet of your bodings!—here she is crying for mere love over your letter. I wring out less, but not sincerer, showers.
My direction is simply, Enfield.
[Mr. Dykes Campbell’s comment upon this note is that it was written to remove some mistaken sick-man’s fancy.]
CHARLES LAMB TO JAMES SHERIDAN KNOWLES
[No date. ? April, 1832.]
Dear Kn.—I will not see London again without seeing your pleasant Play. In meanwhile, pray, send three or four orders to a Lady who can’t afford to pay: Miss James, No. 1 Grove Road, Lisson Grove, Paddington, a day or two before—and come and see us some Evening with my hitherto uncorrupted and honest bookseller
Moxon. C. LAMB.
[I have dated this April, 1832, because it may refer to Knowles’ play “The Hunchback,” produced April 5, 1832. It might also possibly refer to “The Wife” of a year later, but I think not.]
CHARLES LAMB TO JOHN FORSTER
[? Late April, 1832.]
day in my life
Do come. C.L.
I have placed poor Mary at Edmonton—
I shall be very glad to see the Hunch Back and Straitback the 1st Even’g they can come. I am very poorly indeed. I have been cruelly thrown out. Come and don’t let me drink too much. I drank more yesterday than I ever did any one day in my life.
Cannot your Sister come and take a half bed—or a whole one? Which, alas, we have to spare.
[Mary Lamb would have been taken to Walden House, Edmonton, where mental patients were received. A year later the Lambs moved there altogether.