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TO MR. MURRAY.
bow before it. The opera and its sirens were much liko other operas and women, but the subject of the said overa
was something edifying; it turned the plot and conduct "Venice, Dec. 9, 1816.
thereof-upon a fact narrated by Livy of a hundrer and * In a letter from England, I am informed that a man fifty married ladies having poisoned a hun tred and litty aamed Johnson has taken upon himself to publish some husbands in good old times. The bachelors of Rome bepoems called a Pilgrimage to Jerusalem, a Tempest, and lieved this extraordinary mortality w be merely the con an Address to my Daughter,
' &c. and to attribute them to mon effect of matrimony or a pesulence; but the surviving me, adding that he had paid five hundred guineas for them. Benedicts, being all seized with the colic, examined inio The answer to this is short: I never wrote such poems, never the matter, and found that “their possets had been drugged; received the sum he mentims, nor any other in the same the consequence of which was, much scandal and several quarter, nur (as ar as moral or mortal certainty can be suits at law. This is really and truly the subject of the sure,) ever had, directly or indirectly, the slightest communi- musical piece at the Fenice; and you can't conceive what cation with Johnson in my life; not being aware that the person existed till this intelligence gave me to understand pretty things are sung and recitativoed about the horrenda
strage. The conclusion was a lady's head about to ho that there were such people. Nothing surprises me, or chopped off by a lictor, but (I am sorry to say) he left it this perhaps would, and most things amuse me, or this on, and she got up and sung a trio with the two Consuls, probably would not. With regard to myself, the man has the Senate in the back ground being chorus. The ballei merely lied; that's natural—his betters have set him the was distinguished by nothing remarkable, except thal the example: but with regard to you, his assertion may per principal she-dancer went into convulsions because she haps injure you in your publications ; and I desire that it was not applauded on her first appearance; and the manamay receive the most public and unqualified contradiction.
ger came forward to ask if there was 'ever a physician in I do not know that there is any punishment for a thing of the theatre. There was a Greek one in my box, whom I this kind, and if there were, I should not feel disposed to wished very much to volunteer his services, being sure that pursue this ingenious mountebank farther than was neo in this case these would have been the last convulsins cossary for his confutation; but thus far it may be neces- which would have troubled the ballarina ; but he would sary to proceed.
not. The crowd was enormous, and in coining out, having ** You will make what use you please of this letter; and a lady under my arm, I was obliged, in making way, alnost Mr. Kinnaird, who has power to act for me in my absence, to beat a Venetian, and traduce the state," being conwill
, I am sure, readily join you in any steps which it may pelled to regale a person with an English punch in the be proper to take with regard to the absurd falsehood of this poor creature. As you will have recently received guts, which sent him as far back as the squeeze and the
passage would admit. He did not ask for another, tist several letters from me on my way to Venice, as well as with great signs of disapprobation and dismay, appealed two written since my arrival, I will not at present trouble
to his compatriots, who laughed at him. "Ever, &c.
"I am going on with my Armenian studies in a morning, *P. S. Pray let me hear that you have received this and assisung and stimulating in the English portion of ar. letter. Address to Venice, poste restante.
English and Armenian grammar, now publishiag at the “To prevent the recurrence of similar fabrications, you convent of St. Lazarus. may state, that I consider myself responsible for no pub
* The superior of the friars is a bishop, and a fine old lication from the year 1812 up to the present date, which fellow, with the beard of a meteor. Father Paschal is is not from your press. I speak of course from that period, also à learned and pious soul. He was two years in because, previously, Cawthorn and Ridge had both printed England. compositions of mine. 'A Pilgrimage to Jerusalem!' how
"I am still dreadfully in love with the Adriatic lady the devil should I write about Jerusalem, never having yet whom I spake of in a forner letter (and not in this-I add been there? As for 'A Tempest, it was not a tempest for fear of mistakes, for the only one mentioned in the first when I left England, but a very fresh breeze: and as to an part of this epistle is elderly and bookish, two things which Address to litte Ada' (who, by-the-way, is a year old to- I have ceased to admire,) and love in this part of the morrow,) I never wrote a line about her, except in 'Fare world is no sinecure. This is also the season when every well,' and the third Canto of Childe Harold."
up their intrigues for the ensuing year, and cut for partners for the next deal.
"And now, if you do 'nt write, I do'nt know what I won't LETTER CCCXIV.
say or do, nor what I will. Send me some news-good
TO MR. MURRAY.
"B. *Venice, Dec. 27, 1816.
"Yours, very truly, &c. &c. &c. As the demon of silence seems to have possessed you,
*P. S. Remember me to Mr. Gifford, with all duty. I am determined to have my revenge in postage: this is
"I hear that the Edinburgh Review has cut up Colomy sixth or seventh letter since summer and Switzerland. ridge's Christabel
, and me for praising it, which omen, I My last was an injunction w contradict and consign to think, bodes no great good to your forthcome or comug confusion that Cheapside impostor, who (I heard by a
Canto and Castle (of Chillon.) My run of luck within the letter from your island) had thought proper to append my mind, I will bring myself through in the end—if not, I cap
last year seems to have taken a turn every way; but never name to his spurious poesy, of which I know nothing, nor of his pretended purchase or copyright. I hope you have be but where I began. In the mean time, I am not disat least, received that letter.
pleased to be where I am-I mean at Venice. My Adn* As the news of Venice must be very interesting to you,
atic nymph is this moment here, and I must therefore ree I will regale you with it.
pose from this letter." "Yesterday, being the feast of St. Stephen, every mouth
LETTER CCCXV. was put in motion. There was nothing but fiddling and quaying on the virginals, and all kinds of conceits and diverusements, on every canal of this aquatic city. I dined with
* Venice, Jan. ,, 1817. the Countess Albrizza and a Paduan and Venetian party, "Your letter has arrived. Pray, in publishing the Third and afterward went to the opera, at the Fenice theatre Canto, have you omitted any passages? I hope not; and (which opens for the Carnival on that day,)--the finest, indeed wrote to you on my way over the Alps to prevent by-the-way, I have ever seen: it beats our theatres hollow such an incident. Say in your next whether or not the m beauty and scenery, and those of Milan and Brescia lwhole of the Canto (as sent to you) has been published. I
TO MR. MURRAY.
wrote to you again the other day (twice, I think,) and shaii circumstances, such as the marriare being recent, &c. &c. be glad to hear of the reception of those letters.
&c., that this is the premier pas. It does not much signify. *Today is the 2d of January. On this day three years "In another sheet, I send you soine sheets of a gramınar, ago the Corsair's publication is dated, I think, in my letter English and Armenian, for the use of the Armenians, of to Moore. On this day two years I married ('Whom the which I proinoted, and indeed induced, the publication. Lord loveth he chasteneth,'—I sha’n't forget the day in a (It cost me but a thousand francs--French livres.) I stil hurry) and it is odd enough that I this day received a pursue my lessons in the language without any rapid proletter from you announcing the publication of Childe Harold, gress, but advancing a little daily. Padre Paschal with &c. &c. on the day of the date of the 'Corsair ;' and I also some little help from me, as translator of his Italian into received one from my sister, written on the 10th of Decem- English, is also proceeding in a MS. Grammar for the ber, my daughter's birth-day (and relative chiefly to my English acquisition of Armenian, which will be printed also daughter,) and arriving on the day of the date of my mar- when finished. riage, this present 2d of January, the month of my birth,- "We want to know if there are any Armenian types and various other astrologous matters, which I have no and letter-press in England, at Oxford, Cambridge, or else. time to enumerate.
where? You know, I suppose, that, many years ago, the * By-the-way, you might as well write to Hentsch, my two Whistons published in England an original text of a Geneva banker, and inquire whether the two packets con- history of Armenia, with their own Latin translation? Do signed to his care were or were not delivered to Mr. St. those types still exist ? and where? Pray inquire among Aubyn, or if they are still in his keeping. One contains your learned acquaintance. papers, letters, and all the original MS.* of your Third " When this Grammar (I mean the one now printing) Canto, as first conceived; and the other some bones from is done, will you have any objection to take forty or fifty the field of Morat. Many thanks for your news, and the copies, which will not cost in all above five or ten guineas, good spirits in which your letter is written.
and try the curiosity of the learned with a sale of them? Venice and I agree very well; but I do not know that Say yes or no, as you like. I can assure you that they I have any thing new to say except of the last new opera, have some very curious books and MSS., chiefly translawhich I sent in my late letter. The Carnival is commenc- tions from Greek originals now lost. They are, besides, ing, and there is a good deal of fun here and there a much-respected and learned community, and the study besides business; for all the world are making up their of their language was taken up with great ardour by some intrigues for the season, changing, or going on upon a re- literary Frenchmen in Buonaparte's time. Dewed lease. I am very well off with Marianna, who is "I have not done a stitch of poetry since I left Switzer. Dot at all a person to tire me; firstly, because I do not land, and have not at present the estro upon me. The tire of a woinan personally, but because they are generally truth is, that you are afraid of having a Fourth Canto be. bores in their disposition ; and, secondly, because she is fore September, and of another copyright, but I have at amiable, and has a tact which is not always the portion of present no thoughts of resuning that poem, nor of begin. the fair creation; and, thirdly, she is very pretty; and, ning any other. If I write, I think of trying prose, but I fourthly, but there is no occasion for farther specification. dread introducing living people, or applications which migat
So far we have gone on very well; be made to living people. Perhaps one day or other I may as to the future, I never anticipate,carpe diem—the past attempt some work of fancy in prose descriptive of Italian at least is one's own, which is one reason for making sure manners and of human passions; but at present I am pro of the present. So much for my proper liaison.
occupied. As for poesy, mine is the dream of the sleeping “The general state of morals here is much the same as passions; when they are awake, I cannot speak their lanin the Doges timo: a woman is virtuous (according to guage, only in their somnambulism, and just now they are tre code) who limits herself to her husband and one lover; not dormant. those who have two, three, or more, are a little wild; but “ If Mr. Gifford wants carte blanche as to the Siege of it is only those who are indiscriminately diffuse, and form Corinth, he has it, and may do as he likes with it. a low connexion, such as the Princess of Wales with her
" I sent you a letter contradictory of the Cheapside man courier (who, by-the-way, is made a knight of Malta,)|(who invented the story you speak of) the other day. My who are considered as overstepping the modesty of mar- best respects to Mr. Gifford, and such of my friends as riage. In Venice, the nobility have a trick of marrying with you may see at your house. I wish you all prosperity dancers and singers; and, truth to say, the women of and new year's gratulation, and am. their own order are by no means handsome; but the gene
"Yours, &c" ral race, the women of the second and other orders, the wives of the merchants, and proprietors, and untitled gentry, are mostly bel sangue, and it is with these that the
LETTER CCCXVI. Inore amatory connexions are usually formed. There are also instances of stupendous constancy. I knew a woman of fifty who never had but one lover, who dying early, she
" Venice, Jan. 28, 1817.
"Your letter of the 8th is before me. became devout, renouncing all but her husband. She
The remedy for piques herself, as may be presumed, upon this miraculous your plethora is simple—abstinence. I was obliged to have fidelity, talking of it occasionally with a species of mis- recourse to the like some years ago, I mean in point of dich
and, with the exception of some convivial weeks and days placed morality, which is rather amusing. There is no convincing a woman here that she is in the smallest degree (it might be months now and then,) have kept to Pythadeviaung from the rule of right or the fitness of things in goras ever since. For all this, let me hear that you are having an amoroso. The great sin seems to lie in concealing better. You must not indulge in ‘filthy beer nor in porter, li, or having more than one, that is, unless such an exten- nor eat suppers—the last are the devil to those who swah sion of the prerogative is understood and approved of
by the prior claimant. In my case, I do not know that I had any predecessor, and am pretty sure that there is no par
"I am truly sorry to hear of your father's misfortune ticipator; and am inclined to think, from the youth of the cruel at any time, but doubly cruelin advanced life. However, party, and from the frank, undisguised way in which every you will, at least, have the satisfaction of doing your pari brady avows every thing in this part of ihe world, when by him, and, depend upon it, it will not be in vain. Fortune, there is any thing to avow, as well as from some other to be sure, is a female, but not such a b-h as the rest
sister from such
sweeping terms;) for she generally has some justice in the • See Childe Harold. Canto Tird. Ruarda 63. eud bove. i long run. I have no spite against her though, beuren
TO MR. MOORE.
her und Nemesis, I have had some soie gauntlets to ran- her lord and husband, and finds me with his wife fainting liut then I have done my best to deserve no better. But upon a sofi, and all the apparatus of confusion, dishevelled 10 you, she is a good deal in arrear, and she will come hair, hats, handkerchiefs, salts, snieiling bottles and the fund -mind if she don't : you have the vigour of life, or lady as pale as ashes, without sense or motion. His first independence, of talent, spirit
, and character, all with you. question was, "What is all this? The lady could not reply What you can do for yourself, you have done and will do ;|--so I did. I told him the explanation was the casiest and surely there are some others in the world who woulí thing in the world; but in the mean time, it would be as
This camır rol be sorry to be of use, if you would allow thieni w be well to uover his wife—at least her senses. juseful, or at least attempt it.
about in due time of suspiration and respiration. "I think of being in England in the spring. If there is "You need not be alarmed-jealousy is not the order of a row, by the scgpire of King Ludd, but I'll be one; and the day in Venice, and daggers are out of fashion, whua if there is none, and only a continuance of 'this incek, duels
, on love matters
, are unknown-at least, with the piping time of peace,' I will take a coltage a hundred yards husbands. But, for all this, it was an awkward affair; and to the south of your abode, and becoine your neighbour; though he must have known that I made love to Marianica and we will compose such canticles, and hold such dia yet I believe he was not, ull that evening, aware of tho logues, as shall be the terror of the times, (including the extent to which it had gone. It is very well known that newspaper of that name,) and the wonder, and honour, and almost all the married women have a lover; but it is usual praise of the Morning Chronicle and posterity. to keep up the forins, as in other nations. I did nos, there
"I rejoice to hear of your forthcoming in February- fore, know what the devil to say. I could not out with the though I tremble for the magnificence which you atrribuite truth, out of regard to her, and I did not choose to lie for to the new Childe Harold. I am glad you like it; it is a my sake ;-besides, the thing told itself. I thought the best fine, indistinct piece of poetical desolation, and my favour way would be to let her explain it as she chose, (a woman ite. I was half mad during the time of its composition, being never at a loss—the Devil always sticks by them) – between metaphysics, mountains, lakes, love unextinguish only determinir:g to protect and carry her off, in case of able, thoughts unutterable, and the nightmare of my own any ferocity on the part of the Signor. I saw that he was delinquencies. I should, many a good day, have blown my quite calm. She went to bed, and next day—how they brains out, but for the recollection that it would have given settled it, I know not, but settle it they did. Well-then pleasure to my mother-in-law; and, even then, if I could I had to explain to Marianna about this vever to be suffihave been certain to haunt her, and fling the shattered ciently confounded sister-in-law; which I did by swearing scalp of my sinciput and occiput in her frightful face-but innocence, eiernal constancy, &c. &c. I won't dwell upon these trifling family matters
*Venice is in the estro of her Carnival, and I have been But the sister-in-law, very much discomposed with being up these last two nights at the ridotto and the opera, and treated in such wise
, has (not having her own shame all that kind of thing. Now for an adventure. A few before her eyes,) told the affair to half Venice, and the days ago a gondolier brought me a billet without a sub- servants (who were sunmoned by the fight and the fiintscription, intimating a wish on the part of the writer to ing) to the other half. But here, nobody minds such titles meet me either in gondola, or at the island of San Lazaro, except to be amused by them. I don't know whether you or at a third rendezvous indicated in the note.
will be 'I know
so, bui I have scrawled a long letter out of these
follies. the country's disposition well,'—in Venice they do let
“ Believe me ever, &c." heaven see those tricks they dare not show,' &c. &c.; so, for all response, I said that neither of the three places suited me; but that I would either be at home at ten at
LETTER CCCXVII. night alone, or be at the ridotto at midnight, where the writer might meet me masked. At ten o'clock I was at
TO MR. MURRAY, home and alone, (Marianna was gone with her husband to
"Venice, Jan. 24, 1817. a conversazione,) when the door of my apartment opened, and in walked a well-looking and (for an Italian) bionda "I have been requested by the Countess Albrizzi here gori of about nineteen, who informed me that she was mar- to present her with the Works :' and wish you therefore ried to the brother of my amorosa, and wished to have some to send me a copy, that I may comply with her requisition. conversation with me. I made a decent reply, and we You may include the last published, of which I have seen had some taik in Italian and Romaic, (her mother being a and know nothing, but from your letter of the 13th or Greek of Corfu;) when, lo! in a very few minutes in December. marches, to my very great astonishment, Marianna S**, “Mrs. Leigh tells me that most of her friends prefer the in propria person and, after making a most polite curtsey first two Cantos. I do not know whether this be the to her sister-in-law and to me, without a single word, seizes general opinion or not, (it is not hers;) but it is natural it her said sister-in-law by the hair, and bestows upon her shculd be so. , however, think differently, which is nasome sixieen slaps, which would have made your car ache tural also; but who is right, or who is wrong, is of very only to hear their echo. I need not describe the screarning Little consequence. which ensued. The luckless visiter took fligit. ( seized "Dr. Polidori, as I hear from him by letter from Pisa, is Marianna, who, after several vain efforts to get away in about to return to England, to go to the Brazils on a pursuit of the enemy, fairly went into fits in my arms; and, medical speculation with the Danish consul. As in spite of reasoning, eau de Cologne, vinegar, half a pint in the favour of the powers that be, could you not get hum of water, and God knows what other water besides con- some letters of recommendation from some of your gotinued so till past midnight.
vernment friends to some of the Portuguese settlers ? he "Alter damning my servants for letting people in without understands his profession well, and has no want of general appriz.ng me, I found that Marianna in the morning had talents; his faults are the faults of a pardonable vanity and seen her sister-in-law's gondolier on the stairs; and, sus- youth. His remaining with ms was out of the question: 1 pecting that his apparition boded her no good, had either have enough to do to manage my own scrapes; and as returned of her own accord, or been followed by her maids precepts without example are not the most gracious homic or some other spy of her people to the conversazione, from lies, I thought it better to give him his congé: but I know when'e she returned to perpetrate this piece of pugilisin. no great harm of hin, and some good. He is clever anu I had seen fits before, and also some small scenery of the accomplished; knows his profession, by all accounts, well; mame genus in and out of our island; but this was not all. and is honourable in his dealings, and not at all malevolent After about an hour, in comes-who? why, Signor S **, I think, with luck, he will turn out a useful member of
TO MR. MURRAY.
wciety. (from which he will lop the diseased members,) and but two or three—are Spirits of the earth and air, or tho the Civilege of Physicians. If you can be of any use to waters; the scene is in the Alps; the hero a kind of matem, or knw any one who can, pray be so, as he has his gician, v ho is tormented by a species of remorse, the callsa furtune to make. He has kept a medical journal under the of which is left half unexplained. He wanders abril ele of Vaccu (the first surgeon on the continent) at Pisa: invoking these Spirits, which appear to him, and are of nu Facca has corrected it, and it must contain some valuable ise; he at last goes to the very abode of the Evil Principic. valsts or information on the practice of this country. If you in propria persona, to evocate a ghost, which appears, and can aid lum in publishing this also, by your influence with gives him an ambiguous and disagreeable answer: ani in Four brethren, do; I do not ask you to publish it yourself, the third act he is found by his altendants dying in a tower because that sort of request is too personal and embarrass- where he had studied his art. You may perceive by this ing. He has also a tragedy, of which, having seen nothing, outline that I have no great opinion of this piece of phan. I say nothing: but the very circunstance of his having tasy; but I have at least rendered it quite impossilsle for tho made these efforts (if they are only efforis) at one-and-stage, for which my intercourse with Drury-lane has given senty, is in his favour, and proves him to have good me the greatest contempt. dispositions for his own improvement. So if, in the way “I have not even copied it ofi, and feel too lazy at present of commendation or recommendation, you can aid his to attempt the whole; but when I have, I will send it you, očjects with your government friends, I wish you would. and you may either throw it into the fire or not " I should think some of your Admiralty Board might be Ekely to have it in their power.”
TO MR. MURRAY.
" Venice, Feb. 25, 1817. " I wrote to you the other day in answer to your letter, “Venice, Feb. 15, 1817. at present, I would trouble you with a commission, if you *I have received your two letters, but not the parcel you would be kind enough to undertake it. mention. As the Waterloo spoils are arrived, I will make “You perhaps know Mr. Love, the jeweller, of Old Fou a present of them, if you choose to accept of them; Bond-street.-In 1813, when in the intention of returning
to Turkey, I purchased of him, and paid (argent comptant) "I do not exactly understand from your letter what has about a dozen snuff-boxes, of more or less value, as presents been omitted, or what not, in the publication; but I shall for soine of my Mussulman acquaintance. These I have see probably some day or other. I could not attribute any now with me. The other day, having occasion to make but a good motive to Mr. Gifford or yourself in such omnis- an alteration in the lid of one (to place a portrait in 11,) il sin; but as our politics are so very opposite, we should has turned out to be sive-gill instead of golul, for which probably differ as to the passages. However, if it is only last it was sold and paid for. This was discovered by the a nude or notes, or a line or so, it cannot signify. You say workman in trying it, before taking off the hinges and work a poem;' what poem? You can tell me in your next. ing upon the lid. I have of course recalled and preserved
*Of Mr. Hobhouse's quarrel with the Quarterly Review, the box in statu quo. What I wish you to do is, to see the I know very little except **'s article itself, which was said Mr. Love, and inforın him of this circumstance, addcertainly harsh enough: but I quite agree that it would ing, froin me, that I will take care he shall not have dono lave been better not to answer---particularly after Mr. this with impunity. W. W. who never more will trouble
" If there is no remedy in law, there is a least the equir. have been uneasy, because Mr. H. told me that his letter able one of making known his guilt,--that is, lis silver gille op preface was to be addressed to me. Now, he and I are and be d-d to him. friends of many years; I have many obligations to him, and “I shall carefully preserve all the purchases I made of to none to me, which have not been cancelled and more him on that occasion for my return, as the plague in Turthan repaid: but Mr. Gifford and I are friends also, and key is a barrier to travelling there at present, or rather tie he has moreover been literally so, through thick and thin, endless quarantine which would be the consequence before Bi despite difference of years, morals, habits, and even one could land in coming back. Pray state the matter :o politics; and therefore I feel in a very awkward situation him with due ferocity. between the two, Mr. Gifford and my friend Hobhouse, and "I sent you the other day some extracts from a kind of can only wish that they had no difference, or that such as Drama which I had begun in Switzerland and tinished they have were accommodated. The Answer I have not here ; you will tell me if they are received. They were seen, for-it is odd enough for people so intimate-but Mr. only in a letter. I have not yet had energy to ropy it oul, Hobhouse and I are very sparing of our literary confi- or I would send you the whole in different covers. dences. For example, the other day he wished to have a “The carnival closed this day last week. MS. of the Thi-] Canto to read over to his brother, &c. "Mr. Hobhouse is still at Rome, I believe. I am al which was relesed;-and I have never seen his journals, present a little unwell;—sitting up too late and some subDor he mine-(I only kept the short one of the mountains sidiary dissipations have lowered my blood a good deal; bir my sister)-nor do I think that hardly ever he or I saw but I have at present the quiet and temperance of Lent any of the other's productions previous to their publication. before me.
“Believe me, &c." * The article in the Edinburgh Review on Coieridge I "P.S. Remember me to Mr. Gifford.--I have not ro. have not seen; but whether I am attacked in it or not, or ceived your parcel or parcels.—Look into Moore's (Di. in any other of the same journal, I shall never think ill of Moore's) View of Italy' for me; in one of the volumes you Mr. Jeffrey on that account, nor forget that his conduct will find an account of the Doge Vuliere (it ought to be towards the has been certainly most handsome during the Falieri) and his conspiracy, or the motives of it. Get i last four or more years.
transcribed for me, and send it in a letter to me soon. I "I forgot to mention to you that a kind of poem in dia- want it, and cannot find so good an account of that business lague* (in blank verse) or drama, from which 'The In- here; though the veiled patriot, and the place where he was cantation' is an extract, begun last summer in Switzerland, crowned, and afterward decapitated, stil exist, and aro is finished; it is in three acts; but of a very wild, meta- shown. I have searched all their histories; but the policy physical, and inexplicable kind. Almost all the persons of the old aristocracy eir writers silent on his mo.
tives, which were a private grievance against one of tho • Manfred
TO MR. MOORE.
TO MR. MURRAY.
Apd lose itse have rest.
* I mean to write a tragedy on the subject, which ap- "If I live ten years longer, you will see, however, that in pears to me very dramatic: an old man, jealous, and con- is not over with me I do n't mean in literature, for that is spiring against the state, of which he was the actually nothing; and it may seem odd enough to say, I do not reigning chief. The last circumstance makes it the most think it my vocation. But you will see that I shall do remarkable and only fact of the kind in all history of all something or other—the times and fortune permittingnations."
that 'like the cosmogony, or creation of the world, will puzzle the philosophers of all ages:' But I doubt whether my constitution will hold out. I have, at intervals, exorcised it
most devilishly. LETTER CCCXX.
"I have not yet fixed a time of return, but I think of the spring. I shall have been away a year in April next. You
never mention Rogers, nor Hodgson, your clerical neigbe "Venice, Feb. 28, 1817. bour, who has lately got a living near you. Has he also * You will
, perhaps, complain as much of the frequency got a child yet ?--his desideratum when I saw him last. of my letters now, as you were wont to do of their rarity. I think this is the fourth within as many moons. I feel * Pray let me hear from you, at your time and leisure, anxious to hear from you, even more than usual, because believing me ever and truly and affectionately, &c." your last indicated that you were unwell
. At present, I am on the invalid regimen myself. The Carnival-that is, the latter part of it—and sitting up late o' nights, had knocked me up a little. But it is over,-and it is now Lent, with
LETTER CCCXXI. all its abstinence and sacred music. “The mumming closed with a masked ball at the Fenice,
"Venice, March 3, 1817 where I went, as also to inost of the ridottas, &c. &c.; and,
"In acknowledging the arrival of the article from the though I did not dissipate much upon the whole, yet I find 'Quarterly,'* which I received two days ago I cannot eso 'the sword wearing out the scabbard, though I have but press myself better than in the words of my sister Augusta, just turned the corner of twenty-nine.
who (speaking of it) says, that it is written in a spirit of “So we 'll go no more a rcving
the most feeling and kind nature. It is, however, some So late into the night,
thing more: it seems to me (as far as the subject of it miy Though the heart be still as leving,
be permitted to judge) to be very well written as a compoAnd the moon be still as bright. For the sword outwears its sheath,
sition, and I think will do the journal no discredit, because And the soul wears out the breast,
even those who condemn its partiality must praise il3 And the heart must pause to breathe,
generosity. The temptations to take another and a less
favourable view of the question have been so great and Though the night was made for loving, And the day returns too soon,
numerous, that, what with public opinion, politics, &c. lie Yet we 'll go no more a roving
must be a gallant as well as a good man, who has ventured By the light of the moon.
in that place, and at this time, to write such an article even I have lately had some news of litteratoor, as I heard the anonymously. Such things are, however, their own reward, oditor of the Monthly pronounce it once upon a time. I and I even flatter myself that the writer, whoever he may heard that W. W. has been publishing and responding to be, (and I have no guess,) will not regret that the perusal the attacks of the Quarterly, in the learned Perry's Chro- of this has given me as much gratification as any compo nicle. I read his poesies last autumn, and, among them, sition of that nature could give, and more than any other found an epitaph on his bull-dog, and another on myself has given,—and I have had a good many in my time of But I beg leave to assure him (like the astrologer Partridge) one kind or the other. It is not the mere praise, but there that I am not only alive now, but was alive also at the time is a tact and a delicacy throughout, not only with regard to he wrote it.
* me, but to others, which, as it had not been observed else's
where, I had till now doubted whether it could be observed Hobhouse has (I hear, also) expectorated a letter against any where. the Quarterly, addressed to me. I feel awkwardly situated
Perhaps some day or other you will know or tell me between him and Gifford, both being my friends.
the writer's name. Be assured, had the article been a “And this is your month of going to press-by the body harsh one, I should not have asked it. of Diana! (a Venetian oath,) I feel as anxious—but not
“I have laiely written to you frequently, with extracts fearfu' for you—as if it were myself coming out in a work &c. which I hope you have received, or will receive, with of humour, which would, you know, be the antipodes of all or before this letter. Ever since the conclusion of the niy previous publications. I do n't think you have any thing Carnival I have been unwell, (do not mention this, on any to dread but your own reputation. You must keep up to account, to Mrs. Leigh: for if I grow worse, she will know that. As you never showed me a line of your work, I do it too soon, and if I get better, there is no occasion that not oven know your measure; but you must send me a
she should know it at all,) and have hardly stirred out of copy by Murray forthwith, and then you shall hear what the house. However, I do n't want a physician, and if I I think. I dare say you are in a pucker. Of all authors, did, very luckily those of Italy are the worst in the world. you are the only really modest one I ever met with, which so that I should still have a chance. They have, I believe, would sound oddly enough to those who recollect your one famous surgeon, Vacca, who lives at Pisa, who mighi morals when you were young—that is, when you were
be useful in case of dissection but he is some hundred extremely young-1 do n't mean to stigmatize you either miles off. My malady is a sort of lowish fever, originating with years or morality.
from what my 'pastor and master, Jackson, would cali "I believe I told you that the Edinburgh Review had 'taking too much out of one's self. However, I am betia attacked me, in an article on Coleridge (I have not seen within this day or two. it) — Ellu, Jeffrey ?'—there is nothing but rognery in vil
"I missed seeing the new Patriarch's procession to St lanous man.'—-But I absolve him of all attacks, present and Mark's the other day, (owing to my indisposition, with futuro; for I think he had already pushed his clemency in six hundred and fisiv priests in his rear-agoodly army, my behoof to the utmost, and I shall always think well of The admirable government of Vienna, in its edict froin him. I only wonder he did not begin before, as my domestic destruction was a fine opening for all the world, of which all, who could, did well to avail themselves.
• An article in number 31 of this Review, written, u Lord Byron after ward discovered, by Sir Walter Scout.