[Rossetti, Dante Gabriel- Autograph Letter Signed] Superb Letter To Lucy Madox Brown Rossetti
by Rossetti, Dante Gabriel
A fairly serious four-page letter written to Ford Madox Brown's daughter (William Michael Rossetti's wife), entreating her to ask her father to not show to anyone the poem he had just sent them, "The White Ship." n.d. [December, 1880]. "My dear Lucy, It occurs to me to write you a line as to the "White Ship." I was most happy that it should be sent to your Father, but think it very needful it should not be shown to others. I find the ideas and even phrases of poetry get so soon caught up that a thing shown in MS. is actually liable to charges of plagiarism when it appears, owing to what it has already furnished to others. I dare say you would of your own accord have avoided showing it; but I would be obliged if, in writing to your Papa, you would just say a word on the point- though he cannot perhaps avoid showing it at home, where it seems there is now a Bard. I trust he will not, on my account, let it out of his hands. Pardon my troubling you on this point. I was very much concerned to hear from William on Monday that you were not free from touches of ill-health or at any rate inconvenience. I trust you did not get any worse by so kindly coming to the rescue of my otherwise solitary Christmas. I enjoyed the evening much, and was much pleased with the favour that old poem found with you and William. Affectionately yours, D. Gabriel R." The narrative poem, "The White Ship" appeared about a year later from the time of writing this letter, in Rossetti's "Ballads and Sonnets," Ellis & White, 1881. William Michael Rossetti, commenting on this letter in a discussion on family letters relates, "Mr. Madox Brown was now staying (though not as yet permanently settled) in Manchester, busily occupied with his pictures for the Townhall there. I don't remember who was the "Bard" sojourning for a while in his house: perhaps some local semi-celebrity. The "old poem" by my brother was, I think, the one entitled "Soothsay." The "Michelangelo point" affected the design by this master called "The Archers." A wonderful and insightful letter by the PRB's prime figure as to the importance and urgency he espoused in keeping his newly written poetry protected from public view. (Inventory #: 3014)
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