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My Friends and Acquaintance
Laman Blanchard III
Samuel Laman Blanchard to Peter George Patmore, 1 January 1843

Vol I Contents
Charles Lamb I
Charles Lamb II
Charles Lamb III
Charles Lamb IV
Charles Lamb V
Charles Lamb VI
Charles Lamb VII
Charles Lamb VIII
Charles Lamb IX
Charles Lamb X
Thomas Campbell I
Thomas Campbell II
Thomas Campbell III
Thomas Campbell IV
Thomas Campbell V
Thomas Campbell VI
Thomas Campbell VII
Lady Blessington I
Lady Blessington II
Lady Blessington III
Lady Blessington IV
Lady Blessington V
R. Plumer Ward I
R. Plumer Ward II
R. Plumer Ward III
R. Plumer Ward IV
R. Plumer Ward V
R. Plumer Ward VI
Appendix vol I
Vol II Contents
R. Plumer Ward VII
R. Plumer Ward VIII
R. Plumer Ward IX
R. Plumer Ward X
R. Plumer Ward XI
R. Plumer Ward XII
R. Plumer Ward XIII
R. Plumer Ward XIV
R. Plumer Ward XV
R. Plumer Ward XVI
R. Plumer Ward XVII
R. Plumer Ward XVIII
R. Plumer Ward XIX
R. Plumer Ward XX
R. Plumer Ward XXI
R. Plumer Ward XXII
R. Plumer Ward XXIII
Horace & James Smith I
Horace & James Smith II
William Hazlitt I
William Hazlitt II
William Hazlitt III
William Hazlitt IV
William Hazlitt V
William Hazlitt VI
William Hazlitt VII
William Hazlitt VIII
Appendix vol II
Vol III Contents
William Hazlitt IX
William Hazlitt X
William Hazlitt XI
William Hazlitt XII
William Hazlitt XIII
William Hazlitt XIV
William Hazlitt XV
William Hazlitt XVI
William Hazlitt XVII
William Hazlitt XVIII
William Hazlitt XIX
William Hazlitt XX
William Hazlitt XXI
William Hazlitt XXII
William Hazlitt XXIII
William Hazlitt XXIV
William Hazlitt XXV
William Hazlitt XXVI
Laman Blanchard I
Laman Blanchard II
Laman Blanchard III
Laman Blanchard IV
Laman Blanchard V
Laman Blanchard VI
Laman Blanchard VII
Laman Blanchard VIII
R & T Sheridan I
R & T Sheridan II
R & T Sheridan III
R & T Sheridan IV
R & T Sheridan V
R & T Sheridan VI
R & T Sheridan VII
R & T Sheridan VIII
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“Jan. 1, 1843.

Dear Patmore,—Friday is always a writing day with me, for the “Examiner” work, not to be done earlier or later in the week. So, unhappily (at least for me), I am obliged to write to ——, foregoing the proffered engagement. I had supposed you to be at Hendon or Harrow, by the account Hazlitt gave me, or I should have sought you in Southampton Street, whither, indeed, I was about to bend my steps, when I encountered the said Hazlitt. Ever since you strolled over here I have been “going” to do so. Your account, however, of the haymaking freaks amuses me mightily, and suggests a pretty moral as to the evils that wait on absentee landlords. The same story reminds me of Leigh Hunt’s anecdote of the two boys (his own cockney subjects), who, having reached Primrose Hill, dreaded penetrating farther into the wild and seemingly uninhabited
country. ‘I’ve heard say there’s thieves,’ says one, ‘out in them fields past the hill.’ ‘Yes,’ cries the other, ‘and some say serpents!’ Your note, besides its pleasant enclosure, opens up the agreeable prospect of seeing you all out in your rural domain. But you are not leaving London! Think of the great
Samuel. ‘Why, sir, the man who desires to leave London, desires to leave life.’

“Yours ever,
“L. Blanchard.

“What are you doing in the country?”