Letter from Branwell Brontë to Joseph Bentley Leyland, 29 June 1842 (BC MS 19c Brontë/02/01/02)
Later annotations in pencil in unknown hand in the top right corner. ‘18’
Haworth. nr Bradford.
June the 29⟨th⟩
J. B. Leyland Esq.
I think it is my duty to send to you a copy
of the inscription intended for Mr Andrew's monument.
If it is not such an one as would have best pleased
myself, but I was compelled to frame it so as to please
others; as to whose taste and judgement you will some
time since have formed a tolerably correct opinion.
I have not often felt more heartily ashamed than when
you left the committee at Haworth; but I did not like to
speak on the subject then, and I trusted that you would
make that allowance which you have perhaps often ere
now had to do, for gothic ignorance and ill breeding; and
one or two of the persons present, afterwards felt that they
had left by no means an enviable impression on your mind.
Though it is but a poor compliment - I long much to
see you again at Haworth, and forget for half a day
the amiable society in [...] y which I am placed, where I
never hear a word more musical than an asses bray;
and When you come over bring with you Mr Constable, but
leave behind Father Matthews; as his conversation is too
cold and freezing for the comfort among the moors of Yorkshire.
Yours respectfully and sincerely,