AUTOGRAPH MANUSCRIPT NONSENSE VERSE, 8 lines, written at the end of an autograph letter signed ('B.R. Haydon'), the verse concluding above a drawing of a foot [a form of 'signature' known in other letters by Haydon], 4 pages, octavo, the last page somewhat soiled, 4 Burwood Place, Edgware Road, 20 September 183, watermark date 1830
Here lies Mr --- a Vinegar Cruet
Who in his whole frame an ounce ne'er had of suet.
So spitish he was, till he sank to the Tomb
That he snarled at the Nipple, I scratched in the Womb...
In the letter Haydon asks his friend the sculptor [John Edward] Carew (1785?-1868) to intercede with his brother over a debt for coal, and mentions his paintings of Napoleon and Xenophon, making the point that until the latter is done there will be no cash since he only has 10s. and will have to pledge his studio to meet the needs of his children; he also reminds Carew that he has been in debtors' prison three times ('...Law expenses will infallibly destroy me I assure you...'). It was in September 1830 that Haydon was painting Xenophon (Diary).
REFERENCE: The Diary of Benjamin Robert Haydon, III, 1963.