About the letters of Branwell Brontë

These letters from Patrick Branwell Brontë are mostly addressed to his friend Joseph Bentley Leyland (1811-1851) who was a sculptor and aspiring poet.

A mutual love of art, poetry and drinking drew them together. Both were part of a group of young Yorkshire artists and writers who would meet at the George Hotel in Bradford where they would discuss and criticize each other's literary and artistic works.

Dated between 1842 and 1848, the letters were written during an interesting period of Brontë’s life.

The first letters follow his unemployment after being dismissed from Luddenden Foot station where he was ‘clerk-in-chief’ from April 1841 to March 1842.

They then move to shortly after Brontë's dismissal as a tutor for the Robinson family where he worked from January 1843 to July 1845, and where his sister Anne was a governess. It is here that he met Mrs Robinson.

The previously unpublished final letters track Brontë’s deteriorating health and mental state and perhap reveal the truth about Brontë’s thoughts and feelings in the final years of his life.