Keats Love Letter to Return to Keats House Following Successful City of London Corporation Bid


LONDON.- The City of London Corporation, supported by the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) has bought a love letter written by the poet John Keats to Fanny Brawne at Wentworth Place (now Keats House) in 1820. The letter was bought at auction in London for £80,000. With fees the amount paid was £96,000. The City of London Corporation which manages Keats House (where the letter was written) says it will now be displayed there. The associated HLF project also includes one year of educational activities including workshops, digitisation and training for volunteers. In the letter, Keats wrote: “I shall Kiss your name and mine where your Lips have been – Lips! why should a poor prisoner as I am talk about such things.” He said his “consolation” was “in the certainty of your affection”. Fanny Brawne lived next door to him in Hampstead, north London. “You had better not come today,” was scribbled on the outside of the letter. Mich