Letter to William Bell Scott, February 13, 1855

Dante Gabriel Rossetti

Production Description

Document Title: Letter to William Bell Scott, February 13, 1855
Author: Dante Gabriel Rossetti
Date of composition: 1855 February 13
Type of Manuscript: letter
Person to Whom the Manuscript was Assigned: Scott, William Bell
Note: The letter comprises four pages.
Scribe: DGR


Current Location: Princeton University Library, Troxell collection
Catalog Number: 23351
Note: The manuscript is in the Troxell Collection, Box 9 folder 6 (CO 189).

Physical Description

Other Physical Features: 22.7 x 18.4cm

Scholarly Commentary


This letter contains one of the three manuscript copies of the sonnet “A Dark Day” that DGR sent to friends about the time he wrote the sonnet in January 1855. This copy went to William Bell Scott, along with the epigram—probably DGR's— “Priapus Higg Loquitur”, in his letter of 13 February 1855. As eventually published by DGR, the sonnet is very different from this early manuscript text.

Electronic Archive Edition: 1
Source File: dgr.ltr.0532.rad.xml