Melville B. Anderson
[letterhead]05670 (p. 3- I regret that I seem to have misled you with regard to the state of my work. I have the Inferno in panable state of finish, tho' I still expect to do some retouching. The Purgatorio is done in first draft, and the second draft thro' the 20th Canto. It was heart-breaking to leave Florence with the work in this state. I go home in fulfilment of a promise made to my son Robert; at a great sacrifice of my peace of mind and of my work: contrary to Flugel's advice ,- contrary to what I know well would be Browne's advice. it is a love-sacrifice to Robert, who knows little of life deeply, and little knows that this is costing me. I shall probably go back to Italy before many months. Had I stayed there I might have put my work into final shape this winter. Now, as it is,
1914 Jan 7
Original letter dimensions: 21 x 26.5 cm.
Reel 22, Image 0041
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