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Elizabeth Barrett to Robert Browning, letter postmarked 1 October 1845: "I have read to the last line of your Rosicrucian; & my scepticism grew & grew through Hume"s process of doubtful doubts, & at last rose to the full stature of incredulity .. for I never could believe Shelley capable of such a book, (call it a book!) not even with a flood of boarding-school idiocy dashed in by way of dilution. Altogether it roused me to deny myself so far as to look at the date of the book, & to get up & travel to the other end of the room to confront it with other dates in the ""Letters from Abroad"" [...] & on comparing these dates in these two volumes before my eyes, I find that your Rosicrucian was ""printed for Stockdale"" in [italics]1822[end italics], & that Shelley [italics]died in the July of the same year[end italics]!! And unless the ""Rosicrucian"" went into more editions than one, & dates here from a latter one [...] the innocence of the great poet stands proved -- now does"nt it? For nobody will say that he published such a book in the last year of his life, in the maturity of his genius, & that Godwin"s daughter helped him in it!"

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In letter postmarked 2 October 1845, Browning replied to Barrett: 'Let us hope against hope in the sad matter of the novel -- yet, yet, -- it IS by Shelley, if you will have the truth -- as I happen to [italics]know[end italics] -- proof [italics]last[end italics] being that Leigh Hunt told me he unearthed it in Shelley's own library at Marlow once, to the writer's horror & shame [...] As for the date, that Stockdale was a notorious pirate and raker-up of rash publications .. and, do you know, I suspect the [italics]title-page[end italics] is all that boasts such novelty, .. see if the [italics]book[end italics], the inside leaves, be not older evidently! -- a common trick of the trade, to this day' (see p.108 in source).

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