Letter to William Allingham, August 1854, manuscript

Dante Gabriel Rossetti

Production Description

Document Title: Letter to William Allingham, August 1854
Author: Dante Gabriel Rossetti
Date of composition: 1854 August 1?
Type of Manuscript: letter
Note: DGR addressed the letter from Blackfriars.
Scribe: DGR
Corrector: DGR


Current Location: Pierpont Morgan Library


  • Doughty and Wahl, Letters, I. 212-218
  • Fredeman, Correspondence, 54.57

Scholarly Commentary


The date of the letter is uncertain, some scholars placing it late in the month. Fredeman, however, dates it early, around the first, and his comments are persuasive (see Fredeman, Correspondence, 54.57n.1).

DGR included in this letter fair copies of two poems, “The Hill Summit” and “The Birth-Bond”, as well as a transcript of his parodic skit “Miching Mallecho—It Means Mischief”. DGR also put a correction to the text of “Lost on Both Sides” that he had sent to Allingham in an earlier letter (23 July 1854). (See Fredeman, Correspondence , 367-74.).

The trip into Warwickshire that DGR mentions was in the summer of 1853. This letter probably dates from very early in August.

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