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“ and fashion was far my superior. She had “ been sacrificed, almost before she was a

woman, to one whose mind and body were “ equally contemptible in the scale of crea- tion; and on whom she bestowed a numerous family, to which the law


him “ the right to be called father. Strange as “ it may seem, she gained (as all women do)

an influence over me so strong, that I had

great difficulty in breaking with her, even 6 when I knew she had been inconstant to

and once was on the point of going “ abroad with her,--and narrowly escaped “ this folly. I was at this time a mere Bond

street lounger-a great man at lobbies, “coffee and gambling-houses: my after“ noons were passed in visits, luncheons,

lounging and boxing—110t to mention drinking! If I had known you in early

would not have been alive now,


life, you

“I remember Scrope Davies, H-, and

myself, clubbing 191., all we had in our

pockets, and losing it at a hell in St. “ James's-street, at chicken-hazard, which

may be called fowl ; and afterwards get

ting drunk together till H. and S. D. “ quarrelled. Scrope afterwards wrote to “ me for my pistols to shoot himself; but “ I declined lending them, on the plea that “ they would be forfeited as a deodand. “I knew my answer would have more “ effect than four sides of prosing.

“ Don't suppose, however, that I took any pleasure in all these excesses, or that parson A. K. or W— were associates to

my taste. The miserable consequences of “ such a life are detailed at length in my “ Memoirs. My own master at an age when “ I most required a guide, and left to the

“ dominion of my passions when they were “ the strongest, with a fortune anticipated “i before I came into possession of it, and a “ constitution impaired by early excesses, I “ commenced my travels in 1809, with a “joyless indifference to a world that was all 66 before me*.

“ Well might you say, speaking feelingly,” said I :

*" I wish they knew the life of a young noble ;

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They're young, but know not youth ; it is

Handsome but wasted, rich without a sou ;
Their vigour in a thousand arms is dissipated,
Their cash comes from, their wealth goes

to a Jew."
Don Juan, Canto XI. Stanzas 74 and 75.

“ There is no sterner moralist than pleasure *.".

I asked him about Venice:

« Venice !” said he, “I detest every re“ collection of the place, the people, and my

pursuits. I there mixed again in society, “ trod again the old round of eonversaziones, “ balls, and concerts, was every night at the

opera, a constant frequenter of the Ridotto

during the Carnival, and, in short, entered “ into all the dissipation of that luxurious

place. Every thing in a Venetian life, “ its gondolas, its effeminating indolence, its

Siroccos, tend to enervate the mind and body. My rides were a resource and a

* He used to say there were three great men ruined in one year, Brummell, himself, and Napoleon!

“ stimulus; but the deep sands of Lido “ broke my horses down, and I got tired of 6 that monotonous sea-shore ;---to be sure, I “ passed the Villaggiatura on the Brenta *.

* To give the reader an idea of the stories circulated and believed about Lord Byron, I will state one as a specimen of the rest, which I heard the other day:

“ Lord Byron, who is an execrably bad horseman, was riding one evening in the Brenta, spouting 'Metastasio.' A Venetian, passing in a close carriage at the time, laughed at his bad Italian ; upon which his Lordship horsewhipped him, and threw a card in at the window. The nobleman

took no notice of the insult." --ANSWER: Lord

Byron was an excellent horseman, never read a line of Metastasio,' and pronounced Italian like

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