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from Love letters of Barrett and Browning (First published on Tuesday 14 February 2012 in The Guardian Online)


573 billets-doux that capture Robert Browning and Elizabeth Barrett's romance are now available online through Wellesley College and Baylor University.



"I love your verses with all my heart, dear Miss Barrett … " so begins Robert's first letter to Elizabeth. Copyright Wellesley College


New Cross, Hatcham, Surrey.

[Postmark: 10 January 1845]

I love your verses with all my heart, dear Miss Barrett,—and this is no off-hand complimentary letter that I shall write,—whatever else, no prompt matter-of-course recognition of your genius and there a graceful and natural end of the thing: since the day last week when I first read your poems, I quite laugh to remember how I have been turning and turning again in my mind what I should be able to tell you of their effect upon me


After more than a year of almost daily letters between them, the couple wed in secret in September 1846, defying her father's prohibition against her ever marrying. They fled from London to Italy, where doctors had told Barrett her health might improve. Her father disinherited her and never spoke to her again.



About us

The Browning Society was formed in 1969 to provide a focus for contemporary interest in Robert and Elizabeth Barrett Browning. The Society arranges an annual programme of lectures, visits, etc., in London and elsewhere. The aims of the Society are to widen the appreciation and understanding of the poetry of the Brownings, and other Victorian writers and poets, and to collect items of literary and biographical interest. For an account of The Browning Society formed during the poet's lifetime, see William S. Peterson's Interrogating the Oracle: A History of the London Browning Society (Athens, Ohio: Ohio University Press, 1969).

Membership of the Society is open to all. The Society's activities centre on London and the South East, but members who live elsewhere in Britain and overseas are kept in touch through the journal and regular interchanges of news and information. In addition to activities and events in England, the Browning Society supports the efforts of the Friends of Casa Guidi to restore and maintain the Brownings' home in Florence, Italy.


Forthcoming Events in 2017


Committee Meeting


20th May 2017


St Marylebone Parish Church, London NW1 5LT


11 am



Browning Day during the St Marylebone Music Festival


25th July 2017


St Marylebone Parish Church, London NW1 5LT


1.10 pm Lunchtime Concert. Browning Songs, Soprano and Piano


3 pm A showing of the 1934 film The Barretts of Wimpole Street


6.30 pm Pre Concert Talk


7.30 pm Robert & Elizabeth: An Extravaganza with Rosumund Shelly & Julian Forsyth



Annual Commemmoration of the Marriage of the Brownings at St Marylebone on 12th September 1846


10th September 2017


St Marylebone Parish Church, London NW1 5LT


11 am Choral Eucharist and Poetry Reading



An Afternoon with the Brownings


4th November 2017 to be confirmed


Eton College, Berkshire


An Afternoon with the Brownings at Eton College: Afternoon Tea, Talk and Treasures from the Brwoong Collection with Michael Meredith



Wreath Laying and Reception


December 2017 date to be confirmed


Westminster Abbey followed by a Reception in The Westmisnter Arms, Storey's Gate


Other events will be listed as they are confirmed.



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The Revd Canon Stephen Evans


Robert Browning Esq.

Norman Collings Esq.

The Rt Hon, The Lord Saatchi


The Revd Clive Dunnico

Dr Philip Kelley


Jim Smith Esq.


Dr Nick Baker

Committee Members:


Robert F. Browning Esq.

Norman Collings Esq.

Mrs Margaret Pollock


Dr Dmitry Usenco

Michael Meredith Esq.

Dr Sue Brown

Jim Smith Esq.




Browning Society Visit to Asolo Poster



Society members in the gardens of La Mura






Pamela Neville-Sington


Pamela Neville Sington, a long-term members of the Browning Society and author of Robert Browning A Life After Death died on Wednesday 1st March 2017 following a short illness.


Pamela's funeral will be held at St Marylebone Parish Church on Thursday 30th March 2017 at 3.30 pm.


The heartfelt condolences of the President, Officers and Committee of the Society go to David, Pamela's husband.