Letter from Branwell Brontë to Joseph Bentley Leyland, 12 July 1842 (BC MS 19c Brontë/02/01/03)
Later annotations in pencil in unknown hand in the top right corner. ‘20’
Haworth nr Bradford Yorks
J. B. Leyland Esq.
Mr John Brown understands from Mr
Newsholme of Haworth, who lately called upon you &
that you will be prepared to bring the Tablet hither
on Sat Friday; and he wishes to know whether it
will be your pleasure to do so, and thus have the
letters blackened and all completed under your own eye;
or whether you intend that he shall bring it over to
Halifax on Saturday and complete it there?
He would also be much obliged by being informed
whether or not it will injure the work to clean the
slab from the yolk laid on it, before it is blackened.
An answer early enough to give him power to
act as you think proper will much oblige him.
you, I remain,
Northangerland has so long wrought on in secret and
silence that he dare not take your kind encouragement
in the light which vanity would prompt him to do.
P.S. Can you state whether in your best monuments it has been usual to insert the stops or not. P.B.B