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[Postmark: BOSTON, MA JAN23, 330PM, 89]
Miss Anne Whitney
92 Mt. Vernon St.
[written in pencil up left side: W. R. Emerson, bust - Keats]
[letterhead: WM. RALPH EMERSON,
85 WATER STREET,
Boston Jan 23. 89
My dear Miss Whitney
I was absent from home when your most beautiful head of Keats came to my library to be a "joy forever."
It behooves me to very cautious hereafter in my admiration of the work of one so generous as
In the presence of such compensation, I feel how inadequate was the little service I, at least, tried to be to you.
You may rely upon my giving it the most favorable light for its own sweet sake, and so be doing yourself the greatest
I hope you may see it in its future place, and tell me if it could ever be in better company.
Thanking you a thousand times, I beg you to believe me
W. R. Emerson
Emerson, William Ralph and Wellesley College Archives, "Letter from William Ralph Emerson, Boston, Massachusetts, to Anne Whitney, Boston, Massachusetts, 1889 January 23" (1889). Papers of Anne Whitney (MSS.4): Correspondence. 654.