What did John Keats mean by this: “I do not write this till the last, that no eye may catch it”?

In John Keats’s last letter to Fanny Brawne he wrote, “I do not write this till the last, that no eye may catch it”, in place of the date. Does anybody know what he meant by this? Or can anyone help me figure it out? : ) Thanks!!

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  1. This is a letter that Keats wrote right before his departure for Italy. I suppose what this sentence means is that he wrote it at the last possible moment, because he didn’t want anyone to notice this letter lying around, or to notice him writing it and read over his shoulder. Obviously, the letter is very personal and private. But I’m not sure why he would put this phrase down in place of the date.

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