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at least in all probability: excepting yourself
, I esteem return the same night, or sup with us and go home the no one within its precincts. You were my only ra- next morning-the Kingston Arms is my inn. tional companion; and in plain truth, I had more respect
“Adiey, yours ever, for you than the whole bery, with whose foibles I amused
"BYRON) Gyself in compliance with their prevailing propensities. You gave yourself more trouble with me and my manuscripts than a thousand dolls would have done. Be.
LETTER XXL here me, I have not forgotten your good-nature in this
TO MISS PIGOT. ircle of sin, and one day I trust I shall be able to evince my gratitude. Adieu, yours, &c.
“Trinity College, Cambridge, Oct. 26th, 1807.
***, "P.S. Remember me to Dr. P."
"Fatigued with sitting up till four in the morning for the last two days at hazard, I take up my pen to inquire how your highness and the rest of my female acquaint
ance at the seat of archiepiscopal grandeur go on. I LETTER XX.
know I deserve a scolding for my negligence in not wriTO MISS PIGOT.
ting more frequently; but racing up and down the
country for these last three months, how was it possible "London, August 11th, 1807. to fulfil the duties of a correspondent? Fixed at last for "On Sunday next I set off for the Highlands.* A six weeks, I write, as thin as ever
, (not having gained an friend of mine accompanies me in my carriage to Edin-ounce since my reduction,) and rather in better humour; burgh. There we shall leave it, and proceed in a tan--but, after all, Southwell was a detestable residence. dem (a species of open carriage,) through the western Thank Sl. Dominica, I have done with it: I have been passes to Inverary, where we shall purchase shelties, to twice within eight miles of it, but could not prevail on enable us to view places inaccessible to vehicular con- myself to suffocate in its heavy atnosphere. This place veyances. On the coast we shall hire a vessel and visit is wretched enough a villanous chaos of din and drunkthe most remarkable of the Hebrides, and, if we have enness, nothing but hazard and Burgundy, hunting, time and favourable weather, mean to sail as far as Ice- mathematics and Newmarket, riot and racing. Yet it land, only three hundred miles from the northern ex- is a paradise compared with the eternal dulness of treinity of Caledonia, to peep at Hecla. This last inten- Southwell. Oh! the misery of doing nothing but make tion you will keep a secret, as my nice mamma would love, enemies, and verses. imagine I was on a Voyage of Discovery, and raise the "Next January (but this is entre nous only, and pray accustomed maternal war-whoop.
let it be so, or my maternal persecutor will be throwing *Last week I swam in the Thames from Lambeth her tomahawk at any of my curious projects) I am through the two bridges, Westminster and Blackfriars, a going to sea, for four or five months, with my cousin distance, including the different turns and tacks made Capi. Bettesworth, who commands the Tartar, the finest on the way, of three miles! You see I am in excellent frigate in the navy. I have seen most scenes, and wish training in case of a squall at sea. I mean to collect all to look at a naval life. We are going probably to the the Erse traditions, poems, &c. &c., and translate, or Mediterranean, or to the West Indies, or-o thudi expand the subject to fill a volume, which may appear and if there is a possibility of taking me to the latter next spring under the denomination of The Highland Bettesworth will do it; for he has received four-andHarp, or some title equally picturesque. Of Bosworth twenty wounds in different places, and at this moment Field, one book is finished, another just begun. It will possesses a letter from the late Lord Nelson, stating be a work of three or four years, and most probably Bettesworth as the only officer in the navy who had never conclude. What would you say to some stanzas more wounds thau hinself." on Mount Hecla ? they would be written at least with " I have got a new friend, the finest in the world, a fore. How is the immortal Bran? and the Phænix of tame bear. When I brought him here, they asked me canine quadrupeds, Boatswain? I have lately pur- what I meant to do with him, and my reply was, 'he chased a thorough-bred bull-dog, worthy to be the co- should sit for a fellowship.' Sherard will explain the adjutor of the aforesaid celestials his name is Smut !- meaning of the sentence, if it is ambiguous. This an"bear it, ye breezes, on your balmy wings.'
swer delighted them not. We have several parties *Write to me before I set off, I conjure you by the here, and this evening a large assortment of jockeys fifth rib of your grandfather. Ridge goes on well with gamblers, boxers, authors, parsons, and poets, sup with the books, I thought that worthy had not done much in me,-a precious mixture, but they go on well together: the country. In town they have been very successful; and for me, I am a spice of every thing except a jockey; Carpenter (Moore's publisher) told me a few days ago by-the-by, I was dismounted again the other day. they sold all theirs immediately, and had several inquiries " Thank your brother in my name for his treatise. ) made since, which, from the books being gone, they have written 214 pages of a novel-one poem of 380 could not supply. The Duke of York, the Marchioness lines, t to be published (without my name) in a few of Headfort, the Dutchess of Gordon, &c. &c. were weeks, with notes,—560 lines of Bosworth Field, and 250 among the purchasers, and Crosby says the circulation lines of another poem in rhyine, besides half a dozen will be still more extensive in the winter; the summer smaller pieces. The poem to be published is a Satire season being very bad for a sale, as most people are ab. Apropos, I have been praised to the skies in the Critica sent from London. However, they have gone off ex- Review, and abused greatly in another publication. So tremely well altogether. I shall pass very near you on much the better, they tell me, for the sale of the book ; it thy journey through Newark, but cannot approach. keeps up controversy, and prevents it being forgotten. Doct tell this to Mrs. B., who supposes I travel a dif-| Besides, the first men of all ages have had their share, ferent road. If you have a letter, order it to be left at nor do the humblest escape ;—so I bear it like a philoRidge's shop, where I shall call, or the post-office, New- sopher. It is odd two opposite critiques came out on ark, about 6 or 8 in the evening. If your brother would the same day, and out of five pages of abuse my censor ride over, I should be devilish glad to see him-he can only quotes two lines from different poerns, in support ul
• The plan (which he never put in practice) had been talked of by dion before be left Svulbwell-Moore,
• See postscript to the English Bardo and Scotcb Reviewer 1 English Bards and Scotch Reviewen.
TO MR. DALLAS.
TO MR. DALLAS.
his opinion. Now the proper way to cut up is to quote
LETTER XXIII. long passages, and make them appear absurd, because simple allegation is no proof. On the other hand, there are seven pages of praise, and more than my modesty
"Dorant's, January 21st, 1808. will allow said on the subject. Adieu.
"Whenever leisure and inclination permit me the "P.S. Write, write, write!!!"
pleasure of a visit, I shall feel truly gratified in a per sonal acquaintance with one whose mind has been long known to me in his writings.
“You are so far correct in your conjecture, that I an, LETTER XXII.
a member of the University of Cambridge, where I shall take my degree of A. M. this term; but were reasoning, eloquence, or virtue the objects of my search, Granta is
not their metropolis, nor is the place of her situation an * Dorant's Hotel, Albemarle-street, Jan. 20th, 1808.
· El Dorado,' far less a Utopia. The intellects of her
children are as stagnant as her Cam,* and their pursuits *Your letter was not received till this morning, I pre
limited to the church-not of Christ, but of the nearest sime from being addressed to me in Notts, where I have
benefice. not resided since last June, and as the date is the bih,
"As to my reading, I believe I may aver, without hy. you will excuse the delay of my answer.
perbole, it has been tolerably extensive in the historical; "If the little volume* you mention has given pleasure
so that few nations exist, or have existed, with whose to the author of Percival and Aubrey, I am sufficiently records I am not in some degree acquainted, from Herepaid by his praist. Though our periodical censors rodotus down to Gibbon. Of the classics
, I know about have been uncommonly lenient, I confess a tribute from as much as most school boys after a discipline
of thirteen a man of acknowledged genius is still more flattering. years ; of the law of the land as much as enables me to But I am afraid I should forfeit all claim to candour, keep within the statute'—to use the poacher's vocabu if I did not decline such praise as I do not deserve;lary. I did study the 'Spirit of Laws' and the Law of and this is, I am sorry to say, the case in the present in- Nations ; but when I saw the latter violated every stance.
month, I gave up my attempts at so useless an accom“My compositions speak for themselves, and must plishment ;=of geography, I have seen more laud on stand or fall by their own worth or demerit: thus for 1 maps than I should wish to traverse on foot ;-of mathefeel highly gratified by your favourable opinion. But matics, enough to give me the headache without clearing my pretensions to virtue are unluckily so few, that though the part affected ;-of philosophy, astronomy, and metaI should be happy to merit
, I cannot acceps, your ap- physics, more ihan I can comprehend ; and of commou plause in that respect. One passage in your letter sense so little, that I mean to leave a Byronian prize at struck me forcibly: you mention the two Lords Lyttle each of our Almæ Matres' for the first discovery,ton in a manner they respectively deserve, and will be though I rather fear that of the Longitude will presurprised to hear the person who is now addressing you
cede it. has beeu frcquently compared to the latter. I know I
"I once thought myself a philosopher, and talked nov. am injuring myself in your esteem by this avowal, but sense with great decorum: I defied pain, and preached the circumstance was so remarkable from your observa- up equanimity. For some time this did very well, for tion, that I cannot help relating the fact. The events of no one was in pain for me but my friends, and none lost my short life have been of 80 singular a nature, that, their patience but my hearers. At last, á fall from my though the pride commonly called honour has, and I trust horse convinced me bodily suffering was an evil; and ever will
, prevent me from disgracing my name by a the worst of an argument overset my maxims and my mean or cowardly action, I have been already held up as temper at the same moment
, so I quitted Zeno for Aristhe votary of licentiousness
, and the disciple of infidelity. tippus, and conceive that pleasure constitutes the to kalor. How far justice may have dictated this accusation i In morality, I prefer Confucius to the Ten Commandcannot pretend to say, but, like the gentleman to whom ments, and Socrates to St. Paul, though the latter two my religious friends, in the warmth of their charity, have agree in their opinion of marriage. In religion, I favour already devoted me, I am made worse than I really am.
the Catholic emancipation, but do not acknowledge the However , to quit myself
, (the worst theme I could pitch Pope; and I have refused to take the Sacramen, bo upon) and return to my Poems, I cannot sufficiently ex- cause I do not think eating bread or drinking wine from press my thanks, and I hope I shall some day have an the hand of an earthly vicar will make me an inheriter opportunity of rendering them in person. A second edi- of heaven. I hold virtue in general, or the virtues se tion is now in the press, with some additions and consi- verally, to be only in the disposition, each a feeling, not a derable omissions ; you will allow me to present you principle. I believe truth the prime attribute of the with a copy. The Critical
, Monthly, and Anti-Jacobin Deity; and death an eternal sleep, at least of the body. Reviews have been very indulgent; but the Eclectic You have here a brief compendium of the sentiments of has pronounced a furious Philippic, not against the book the wicked George Lord Byron ; and, till I get a new but the author, where you will find all I have mentioned suit, you will perceive I am badly clothed. I remain, asserted by a reverend divine who wrote the critique.
*Yours very truly, "Your name and connexion with our family have been
" Byros." long known to me, and I hope your person will be not less so; you will find me an excellent compound of a
LETTER XXIV. 'Brainless' and a 'Stanhope.'t I am afraid you will hardly be able to read this for my hand is almost as bad
TO MR. HENRY DRURY.P as my character, but you will find me, as legibly as
"Dorant's Hotel, Jan. 13th, 1808. possible,
"MY DEAR SIR, "Your obliged and obedient servant, "Though the stupidity of my servants, or the porter of
“BYRON." the house, in not showing you up stairs, (where I should
• See E. B. and S. R. p. 429.
Son of Doctor Drury, Lord Byron's former Master at Hanow School.
• Hoon of Idlenem.
Characters in the novel called Pereload
TO MR. HARNESS
inave joinea you directly,) presented me the pieusure of the perusal of many of your compositions and several Seing you yesterday, I hoped to meet you at some pub- other circamslances very pleasant in their day, which I lic place in the evening. However, my stars decreed will not force upon yott memory, but entreat you to bo otherwise, as they generally do, when I have any favour lieve me, with much regret at their short continuance. to request of them. I think you would have been sur- and a hope they are not irrevocable, yours very sinprised at my figure, for, since our last meeting, I am re- cerely, &c.
“BYRON" duced four stone in weight. I then weighed fourteen stone seven pound, and now only ten stone and a half. I have disposed of my superfluities by means of hard exer
LETTER XXV cise and abstinence. + "Should your Harrow engagements allow you to
-(FRAGMENT.) isit town between this and February, I shall be most
"March 1808. happy to see you in Albemarle-street. If I am not so
* We both seemn perfectly to recollect, with a mixture fortunate, I shall endeavour to join you for an afternoon at Harrow though, I fear, your cellar will by no means gether, and I assure you most sincerely they are num
of pleasure and regret, the hours we once passed to contribute to my cure. As for my worthy preceptor, bered among the happiest of my brief chronicle of enjoy. Dr. B., our encounter would by no means prevent the
I am now getting into years, that is to say, I was Tutud endearments he and I were wont to lavish on each other. We have only spoken once since my departure the world to run my career of folly with the rest. I was
twenty a month ago, and another year will send me into from Harrow in 1805, and then he politely told Tatersall then just fourteen-you were almost the first of my I was not a proper associate for his pupils. This was Harrow friends, certainly the first in my esteem, if not in long before my strictures in verse: but, in plain prose, date; but an absence from Harrow for some time, shortly had I been some years older, I should have held my after, and new connexions on your side, and the differenco tongue on his perfections. But being laid on my back, in our conduct (an advantage decidedly in your favour) when that schoolboy thing was written-or rather dic- from that turbulent and riotous disposition of mine, which rated-expecting to rise no more, my physician having impelled me into every species of mischief,—all these taken his sixteenth fee, and I his prescription, I could
circumstances combined to destroy an intimacy, which not quit this earth without leaving a memento of my Affection urged me to continue, and Memory compels constant attachment to Butler in gratitude for his mani- me to regret. But there is not a circumstance attending fuld good offices. " I meant to have been down in July; but thinking my not impressed on my mind at this moment. I need not
that period, hardly a sentence we exchanged, which is appearance, immediately after the publication, would be
say more,—this assurance alone must convince you, had construed into insult , I directed my steps elsewhere. I considered them as trivial
, they would have been less Besides, I heard that some of the boys had got hold of indelible. How well I recollect the perusal of your my Libellus , contrary to my wishes certainly
, for I never · first fights! There is another circumstance you do transmitted a single copy till October, when I gave one
not know ;-the first lines I ever attempted at Harrow to a boy, since gone, after repeated importunities. You
were addressed to you. You were to have seen them; will, 1 trust, pardon this egotism. As you had touched but Sinclair had the copy in his possession when we on the subject, I thought some explanation necessary. went home ;-and, on our return, we were strangers. Defence I shall not attempt
, 'Hic murus aheneus esto; They were destroyed, and certainly no great loss; but ail conscire sibi'--and '80 on' (as Lord Baltimore said, on his trial for a rape)-I have been so long at Trinity you will perceive from this circumstance my opinions ar
an age when we cannot be hypocrites. as to forget the conclusion of the line; but, though I can
"I have dwelt longer on this theme than I intended, not finish my quotation, I will my letter, and entreat you and I shall now conclude with what I ought to have beto believe me, gratefully and affectionately, &c.
gun. We were once friends,—nay, we have always "P. S. I will not lay a tax on your time by requiring been so, for our separation was the effect of chance, not an answer, lest you say, as Butler said to Tatersall
, of dissension. I do not know how far our destinations (when I had written his reverence an impudent epistle in life may throw us together, but if opportunity and inon the expression before mentioned,) viz. that I wanted clination allow you to waste a thought on such a harew druw hiin into a correspondence."
brained being as myself, you will find me at least sincere, and not so bigoted to my faults as to involve others in the consequences. Will you sometimes write to me? I do
not ask it often, and, if we meet, let us be what we should LETTER XXV.
be and what we were."
TO MR. HARNESS.
TO MR. BECHER.
* Dorant's Hotel, Albemarle-street, Feb. 11, 1808. "MY DLAR HARNESS,
LETTER XXVII. *As I had no opportunity of returning my verba! thanks, I trust you will accept my written acknowledge ments for the compliment you were pleased to pay some
“ Dorant's Hotel, Feb. 26, 1808 production of my unlucky muse last November-I am * MY DEAR BECHER, induced to do this not less from the pleasure I feel in the
Now for Apollo. I am praise of an old schoolfellow, than from justice to you, happy that you still retain your predilection, and that the for I had heard the story with some slight variations public allow me some share of praise. I am of so much Indeed, when we met this morning, Wingfield had not importance that a most violent attack is preparing for mo undece ved me, but he will tell you that I displayed no in the next number of the Edinburgh Review. This ! resentment in mentioning what I had heard, though I had from the authority of a friend who has seen the proof was not sorry to discover the truth. Perhaps you and manuscript of the critique. You know the system hardly recullect some years ago a short, though, for the of the Edinburgh gentlemen is universal attack. They time, a warm friendship between us? Why it was not praise none, and neither the public nor the author exof longer duration, I know not. I have still a gift of pects praise from them. It is, however, something to be you in my possession, that must always prevent me noticed as they profess to pass judgment only on works froni förgeuing it. I also remember being favoured with requiring tht public attention. You will see this when it comes out ;-it is, I understand, of the most unmerciful
LETTER XXIX. description ; but I am aware of it, and hope you will not ne hurt by its severity.
TO MR. JACKSON.* "Tell Mrs. Byron not to be out of humour with them,
"N. A. Notts, Sept. 18, 1808. and to prepare her mind for the greatest hostility on
" DEAR JACK, thuir part. It will do no injury whatever, and I trust her
"I wish wou would inform me what has been done by mind will not be ruffled. They defeat their object by Jekyll
, at No. 40, Sloano-square, concerning the pony i indiscriminate abuse, and they never praise, except the returned as unsound. partizans of Lord Holland and Co. It is nothing to be
"I have also to request you will call on Louch at abused when Southey, Moore, Lauderdale, Strangford, Brompton, and inquire what the devil he meant hy and Payne Knight share the same fate.
sending such an insolent letter to me at Brighton; and "I am sorry--but 'Childish Recollections' must be at the same time tell him I by no means can comply suppressed during this edition. I have altered, at your with the charge he has made for things pretended to be suggestion, the obnoxious allusions in the sixth stanza of
damaged. my last ode.
" Ambrose behaved most scandalously about the pony. - And now, my dear Becher, I must return my best You may tell Jekyll if he does not refund the money, I acknowledgments for the interest you have taken in me shall put the affair into my lawyer's hands. Five-andand my poetical bantlings, and I shall ever be proud to twenty guineas is a sound price for a pony, and by show how much I esteem the advice and the adviser. if it cost me five hundred pounds, I will make an exam Believe me most truly, &c.”
ple of Mr. Jekyll, and that immediately, unless the cash is returned.
me, dear Jack, &c."
TO MR. BECHER.
TO MR. JACKSON
TO MR, JACKSON
"Dorant's, March 28, 1808.
"N. A. Notts, Oct. 4, 1808 "I have lately received a copy of the new edition
"You will make as good a bargain as possible with this from Ridge, and it is high time for me to return my best Master Jekyll
, if he is not a gentleman. If he is a thanks to you for
the trouble you have taken in the su- gentleman, inform me, for I shall take very different porintendence. This I do most sincerely, and only re- steps. If he is not, you must get what you can of the gret that Ridge has not seconded you as I could wish, money, for I have too much business on hand at present at least, in the bindings, paper, &c. of the copy he sent to commence an action. Besides, Ambrose is the man to me. Perhaps those for the public may be more re- who ought to refund,—but I have done with him. You spectable in such articles.
can settle with L. out of the balance, and dispose of the " You have seen the Edinburgh Review, of course. bidets, &c. as you best can. I regret that Mrs. Byron is so much annoyed. For my
"I should be very glad to see you here; but the houso own part, these “paper bullets of the brain' have only is filled with workmen and undergoing a thorough rotaught me to stand fire; and, as I have been lucky pair. I hope, however, to be more fortunate before discomposed. Pratt
, the gleaner, author, poet, &c. &c, tell him I have to regret Sydney, who has perished, 1 enough upon the whole, my repose and appetite are not many months have elapsed.
"If you see Bold Webster, remember me to him, and addressed a long rhyming epistle to me on the subject
, fear, in my rabbit warren, for we have seen nothing of by way of consolation ; but it was not well done, so I do not send it, though the name of the man might make it him for the last fortnight. go down. The E. R'. have not performed their task
« Adieu. Believe me, &r." well;--at least the literati tell me this, and I think I could write a more sarcastic critique on myself than any yet published. For instance, instead of the remark,
LETTER XXXI. ill-natured enough, but not keen-about Mac Pherson, ! (quoad reviewers, could have said, 'Alas, this imitation only proves the assertion of Doctor Johnson, that
“N. A. Notts, Dec. 12, 1808. many men, women, and children could write such
“ MY DEAR JACK, as Ossian's.'
" You will get the greyhound from the owner at any " I am thin and in exercise. During the spring or price, and as many more of the same breed (male or fee summer I trust we shall meet. I hear Lord Ruthyn male) as you can collect. leaves Newstead in April. * * * As soon as he « Tell D'Egville his dress shall be returned-I am quits it for ever, I wish much you would take a ride over, obliged to him for the pattern. I am sorry you should survey the mansion, and give me your candid opinion on have so much trouble, but I was not aware of the diffithe most advisable mode of proceeding with regard to culty of procuring the animals in question. I shall have the house. Entre nous, I am cursedly dipped; my finished part of my mansion in a few weeks, and, if you debts, every thing inclusive, will be nine or ten thousand can pay me a visit at Christmas, I shall be very glad to before I am twenty-onė. But I have reason to think see you.
"Believe me, &c." my property will turn out better than general expectacon may conceive. Of Newstead I have little hope or care. but Hanson, my agent, intimated my Lancashire
LETTER XXXII. property was worth three Newsteads. I believe we have it hollow; though the defendants are protracting the surrender, if possible, till after my majority, for the “Newstead Abbey, Nutts, Sept. 14th, 1808. purpose of forming some arrangement with me, thinking * MY DEAR BECHER, I shall probably prefer a sum in hand to a reversion. "I am much obliged to you for your inquiries, and shall Newstead I may sell ;-perhaps I will not,—though of profit by them accordingly. I anı going to get up a play llult more anou. I will come down in May or June. * Yours most truly, &c."
• The Pugilist. See pole lo Don Juan, Canto XI.
TO MR. BECHER,
TO MR. HODGSON.
here, the hall will constitute a most admirable theatre. " After all, you must own my project is not a bad one. I have settled the dram. pers, and can do without ladies, If I do not travel now, I never shall, and all men should as I have some young friends who will make tolerable one day or other. I have at present no connexions in substitutes for females, and we only want three male keep me at home; no wife, or unprovided sisters, brocharacters, beside Mr. Hobhouse and myself for the thers, &c. I shall take care of you, and when I return pay we have fixed on, which will be the Revenge. may possibly become a politician. A few years' knowPray direct Nicholson the carpenter to come over to me ledge of other countries than our own will not incapaci. immediately, and inform me what day you will dine and tate me for that part. If we see no nation but our own pase the night here.
"Believe me, &c." we do not give mankind a fair chance it is from experie
ence, not books, we ought to judge of them. There is nothing like inspection, and trusting to our own senses
* Yours very truly, LETTER XXXIII.
“ Byron." TO THE HONOURABLE* MRS. BYRON. *Newstead Abbey, Notts, Oct. 7th, 1808.
LETTER XXXV. DEAR MADAM,
I have no beds for the H * *s, or any body else at present. The H * * s sleep at Mansfield. I do not "A few weeks ago I wrote to * * *, to request ho know that I resemble Jean Jacques Rousseau.
have would receive the son of a citizen of London, well known no ambition to be like so illustrious a madman-but this to me, as a pupil ; the family having been particularly I know, that I shall live in my own manner, and as much polite during the short time I was with them induced me alone as possible. When my rooms are ready I shall :o this application. Now, mark what follow!,--as someDe glad to see you; at present it would be improper, and body sublimely saith. On this day arrives an epistle, uncomfortable to both parties. You can hardly object signed * * *, containing not the smallest reference to io my rendering my mansion habitable, notwithstanding tuition, or intuition, but a petition for Robert Gregson, of my departure for Persia in March, (or May at farthest,) pugilistic notoriety, now in bondage for certain paltry since you will be tenant till my return; and in case of pounds sterling, and liable to take up his everlasting any accident, (for I have already arranged my will to be abode in Banco Regis. Had the letter been from any drawn up the moment I am twenty-one,) I have taken of my lay acquaintance, or, in short, from any person but care you shall have the house and manor for life, besides the gentleman whose signature it bears, I should have a sufficient income. So you see my improvements are marvelled not. If*** is serious, I congratulate puginot entirely selfish. As I have a friend here, we will go lism on the acquisition of such a patron, and shall be to the Infirmary Ball on the 12th; we will drink tea with most happy to advance any sum necessary for the libeMirs. Byron at eight o'clock, and expect to see you at ration of the captive Gregson. But I certainly hope to the ball. If that lady will allow us a couple of rooms to be certified from you, or some respectable housekeeper, dress in, we shall be highly obliged:—if we are at the of the fact
, before I write to * * on the subject. ball by ten or eleven it will be time enough, and we shall When I say the fact, I mean of the letter being written return to Newstead about three or four.
by ***, not having any doubt as to the authenticity of * Adieu, Believe me,
the statement. The letter is now before me, and I keep “Yours very truly,
it for your perusal.”
TO R. C. DALLAS, ESQ.
«Reddish's Hotel, Jan. 25, 1809.
"MY DEAR SIR, Newstead Abbey, Nov. 2d, 1808, "My only reason for not adopting your lines* is he. * DEAR MOTHER,
cause they are your lines. You will recollect what "If you please, we will forget the things you niention. Lady Wortley Montague said to Pope: 'No touching, I have no desire to remember them. When my rooms for the good will be given to you, and the bad attributed are finished, I shall be happy to see you ; as I tell but to me. I am determined it shall be all my own, except the truth, you will not suspect me of evasion. I am fur- such alterations as may be absolutely requisite; but I nishing the house more for you than myself, and I shall am much obliged by the trouble you have taken and establish you in it before I sail for India, which I expect your good opinion. to do in March, if nothing particularly obstructive occurs. “ The couplet on Lord C. may be scratched out, and I am now fitting up the green drawing-room; the red for the following inserted : a bed-room, and the rooms over as sleeping-rooms. “Roscommon ! Sheffield I with your spirits fled, &c. They will be soon completed ;---at least, I hope so. "I wish you would inquire of Major Watson (who is
“ This will answer the purpose of concealment. Now, an old Indian) what things will be necessary to provide for some couplets on Mr. Crabbe, which you may place for my voyage. I have already procured a friend to
after 'Gifford, Sotheby, M'Neil: write to the Arabic professor at Cambridge for some in- “There be who say in these enlightened days, &e, formation I am anxious to procure. I can easily get
"I am sorry to differ with you with regard to the title. letters from government in the ambassadors, consuls, &c. but I mean to retain it with this addition : "The English and also to the governors at Calcutta and Madras. 1 Bards and Scotch Reviewers; and, if we call it a shali place my property and my will in the hands of Satire, it will obviate the objection, as the bards alsc trusies till my return, and I mean to appoint you one.
were Welsh From Hansor. I have heard nothing—when I do, you
«Yours very sincerely, shall have the particulars.
TO MRS. BYRON.
• Thu a kressed away by Lord Byron, but without any right to be distinction.
. See Memorandum, page 261.
• Mr. Dallas had written some lines, and requested Lord to in Bert then in the Saure, the " English Bards and Scotch Reviewert," then in peas.-The letters following to Mr. Dallas, rela:e to that work.