[For correct and critical edition of this letter, see Mehew 5, 1557.]
To Edmund Gosse [Colvin 1911, 2, p. 322]
[Skerryvore, Bournemouth, Feb. 17, 1886]
Non, c’est honteux! for a set of shambling lines
that don’t know whether they’re trochees or what they are, that you or any of the crafty ones would blush all over if you had so much as thought upon, all by yourselves, in the water-closet.
But God knows, I am glad enough of five pounds;
and this is almost as honest a way to get it as plain theft, so what should I care? – Ever yours,