Letter to William Bell Scott, February 1857, manuscript

Dante Gabriel Rossetti

Production Description

Document Title: Letter to William Bell Scott, February 1857
Author: Dante Gabriel Rossetti
Date of composition: 1857 February
Type of Manuscript: letter
Person to Whom the Manuscript was Assigned: William Bell Scott
Note: the letter is 8 pages long
Scribe: DGR


Current Location: Princeton University Library
Catalog Number: 23351
Note: The letter is in box 9, folder 6 of the Troxell Collection.

Physical Description

Other Physical Features: 4 leaves, 17.6 x 22.5cm


  • Fredeman, Correspondence, 57.12

Scholarly Commentary


The letter to Scott contains a text of DGR's epigram “Address to the D—l (Dalziel brothers)”.

Reception History

WMR emended the final line in his Collected Works of 1911, making the dramatic character of the stage direction more obvious. In doing so, however, WMR assigned the laughter to the Dalziel brothers, whereas the present source manuscript leaves the source ambiguous; DGR might as easily have been laughing as the Dalziels.

Electronic Archive Edition: 1
Source File: dgr.ltr.0533.rad.xml