After decades of indecision and squabbling among Keats's friends and family, the long-awaited biography finally arrived in August 1848. It was written not by one of Keats's close friends (Charles Brown, John Hamilton Reynolds, John Taylor, and George Keats all considered or began working on a life of the poet), but by Richard Monckton Milnes, who never met Keats and who was only a teenager when Keats died. After attending Cambridge and appreciating Keats's poetry along with some other notable Cantabs (including Alfred Tennyson and Arthur Hallam), Milnes traveled to Italy in 1833 and met Charles Brown in Florence. By 1841 Brown passed on his papers related to Keats, and Milnes set to work on the project, eventually acquiring papers and information from most of the principle figures associated with Keats. By a stroke of good luck, in May 1845 a Scottish engineer living in Louisville, Kentucky happened to see a notice in the newspaper announcing Milnes's preparations for the biography of Keats. He was John Jeffrey, the second husband of Georgiana Wylie Keats, and he wrote to Milnes informing him that he would transcribe the letters by Keats then in his possession and send them to Milnes for the biography. Jeffrey's transcript of the negative capability letter was the basis for its first publication in 1848, and that transcript (now at Harvard) remains the only source of the text to this day.