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accounts on the
part of that phenix of secretaries. As Ifruth in general by speaking all at all-and a.though that knew that you had not parted friends, at the same time know that they are trying and wishing to lie, they do nor that I refused for my own part any judgment but yours, 1 succeed, merely because they can say nothing so bad of uffered him his choice of any person, the least scoundrel each other, that it may not, and must not be true from the native to be found in Venice, as his own umpire; but atrocity of their long-debased national character. he expressed himself so convinced of your impartiality, “With regard to Edgecombe, you will perceive a most that he declined any but you. This is in his favour.- irregular, extravagant account, without proper documents The paper within will explain to you the default in his to support it. He demanded an increase of salary, which
You will hear his explanation, and decide, made me suspect him; he supported an outrageous extrali so please you. I shall not appeal from the decision. vagance of expenditure, and did not like the dismission of
"As he complained that his salary was insufficient, 1 the cook; he never complained of lim-as in duty bound determined to have his accounts examined, and the en- – at the time of his robberies. I can only say, that the closed wits the result. It is all in black and white with house expense is now under one-half of what it ihen was, documents, and I have despatched Fletcher to explain as he himself admits. He charged for a comb eighteen (or rather to perplex) the matter.
francs,-the real price was eight. He charged a passage "I have had much civility and kindness from Mr. Dor- from Fusina for a person named Iambelli, who paid it vile during your journey, and I thank him accordingly. herself, as she will prove, if necessary. He fancies, or
" Your letter reached me at your departure,* and dis- asserts himself, the victim of a domestic complot against Pleased me very much:-not that it might not be true in him ;-accounts are accounts-prices are prices ;-let iis statement and kind in its intention, but you have lived him make out a fair derail. I am not prejudiced against long enough to know how useless all such representations him-on the contrary, I supported him against the comevor are and must be in cases where the passions are plaints of his wife, and of his former master, at a time concerned. To reason with men in such a situation is when I could have crushed him like an earwig, and is he like reasoning with a drunkard in his cups—the only is a scoundrel, he is the greatest of scoundrels, an unanswer you will get from himn is that he is sober, and you grateful one. The truth is probably, that he thought I are drunk.
was leaving Venice, and determined to make the most of “Upon that subject we will (if you like) be silent. it. At present he keeps bringing in account after account, You might only say what would distress me without though he had always money in hand—as I believe you answering any purpose whatever; and I have too many know my system was never to allow longer than a week's obligations to you to answer you in the same style. So bills to run. Pray read him this letter-I desire nothing that you should recollect that you have also that advan- to be concealed against which he may defend himself. lage over me. I hope to see you soon.
"Pray how is your litle boy ? and how are you-I "I suppose you know that they said at Venice, that I shall be up in Venice very soon, and we will be bilious evas arrested at Bologna as a Carbonaro—a story about together. I hate the place and all that it inherits. as true as their usual conversation. Moore has been
"Yours, &c." here—I lodged him in my house at Venice, and went 10 see him daily ; but I could not at that time quit La Mira entirely. You and I were not very far from meeting in Sivitzerland. With my best respects to Mrs. Hoppner,
LETTER CCCCVI. believe me ever and truly, &c.
"P.S. Allegra is here in good health and spirits—1 shall keep her with me till I go to England, which will
"October 28, 1819. perhaps be in the spring. It has just occurred to me that you may not perhaps like to undertake the office of judge "I have to thank you for your letter, and your com. between Mr. Edgecombe and your humble servant.- O pliment to Don Juan. I said nothing to you about it
, course, as Mr. Liston (the coniedian, not the ambassador) understanding that it is a sore subject with the morul says it is all hoptional; but I have no other resource. I reader, and has been the cause of a great row; but I am do not wish to find him a rascal, if it can be avoided, and glad you like it. I will say nothing about the shipwreck would rather think him guilty of carelessness than cheat- except that I hope you think it is as nautical and technical ing. The case is this can I, or not, give him a character as verse could admit in the octave measure. for honesty ?-It is not my intention to continue him in "The poem has not sold well, so Murray says—but the my service."
best judges, &c. say, &c. so says that worthy man. I have never seen it in print. The Third Canto is in advance about one hundred stanzas; but the failure of the first two
has weakened my estro, and it will neither be so good as LETTER CCCCV.
the former two, nor completed, unless I get a little more riscaldato in its behalf.* I understand the outcry was
beyond every thing.–Pretty cant for people who read
« October 25, 1819. Tom Jones, and Roderick Random, and the Bath Guide * You need not have made any excuses about the let- and Ariosto, and Dryden, and Pope-to say nothing of ter ; I never said but that you might, could, should, or Litue's Poems. Of course I refer to the moralily of theso would have reason. I merely described my own state of works, and not 10 any pretension of mine to compete
with inaptitude to listen to it at that time, and in those circum- them in any thing but decency. I hope yours is the Paris star.ces. Besides, you did not speak from your own edition, and that you did not pay the London price. I authority, but from what you said you had heard. Now have seen neither except in the newspapers. my blood boils to hear an Italian speaking ill of another “ Pray make my respects to Mrs. H. and take care of Italian, because, though they lie in particular, they speak your little boy. All my household have the fever and
ague, except Fletcher, Allegra, and mysen, (as we used to had written a letter to Lord Byron, entreating him to leave Ravenna, Moretto. In the beginning of November, perhaps sooner
: Mr. Hopper, before his departure Prom Venice for Switzerland, say in Nottinghamshire,) and the horses, and Mutz, and while yet he nad a whole skin, and virging him not to risk the safety I expect to have the pleasure of seeing you. To-day i gratification of a momentary passion, which could only tre a nource of got drenched by a thunder-storm, and my
horse and groom of some reports he had heard lately al Venice, which, thongti possibly, too, and his horse all bemired up to the middle in a crosso be said, unfornded, had much increased his anxiety respecting the conquences of the connexion forined by him.-Moore.
TO MR. HOPPNER.
TO MR. HOPPXER.
See Letter 380.
med. It was summer, at noon, and at five we were changed horses there since I wrote to you, after
visi bewertored, but the lightning was sent perhaps to let us in June last. Conveni,' and 'carry efi
' quotia! and know what the summer was not yet over. It is queer 'girl. I should like to know who has been curried off, Feather for the 27th of October.
except poor dear me. I have been more ravished myself "Yours, &c." than any body since the Trojan war; but as to the
arrest, and its causes, one is as true as the other, and
I can account for the invention of neither. I suppose it LETTER CCCCVII.
is some confusion of the tale of the Fornaretta and of Me. Guiccioli
, and half a dozen more; but it is useless to TO MR. MURRAY.
unravei the web, when one has only to brush it away. I * Venice, October 29, 1819. shall settle with Master E., who looks very blue at your * Yours of tho 15th came yesterday. I am sorry that in-decision, and swears that he is the best arithmeucian in you do not mention a large loiter addressed to your care Europe; and so I think also, for he makes out two and för Lady Byrory from me, at Bologna, two months ago. two to be five. Pray tell me was this letter received and forwarded ? * You may see me next week. I have a horse or two
* You say nothing of the vice-consulate for the Ravenna more, (five in all) and I shall repossess myself of Lido patrician, from which it is to be inferred that the thing will and I will rise earlier, and we will go and shake our livers not be done.
over the beach, as heretofore, if you like—and we will *I had written about a hundred stanzas of a Third make the Adriatic roar again with our hatred of that now Canto to Don Juan, but the reception of the first two is empty oyster-shell
, without its pearl, the city of Venice. no encouragement to you nor me to proceed.
“Murray sent me a letter yesterday: the impostors * I had also written about six hundred lines of a poem, have published two new Third Cantos of Don Juan :the Vision (or Prophecy) of Dante, the subject a view of the devil take the impudence of some blackguard book. Italy in the ages down to the present sup;»osing Dante seller or other therefor! Perhaps I did not make myself to speak in his own person, previous to his death, and understood; he told me the sale had been great, i 200 out embracing all topics in the way of prophecy, like Lyco- of 1500 quarto, I believe, (which is nothing, after, selling pbron's Cassandra; but this and the other are both at a 13,000 of the Corsair in one day;) but that the 'bes: stand-still for the present.
judges,' &c. had said it was very fine, and clever, and par"I gave Moore, who is gone to Rome, my life in MS. ticularly good English, and poetry, and all those consolam 78 folio sheets, brought down to 1816. But this I put tory things, which are not, however, worth a single copy into his hands for his care, as he has some other MSS. of to a bookseller: and as to the author, of course I am in a mine-a Journal kept in 1814, &c. Neither are for put- d-ned passion at the bad taste of the times, and swear lication during my iife, but when I am cold, you may do there is nothing like posterity, who, of course, must know what you please. In the mean time, if you like to read more of the matter than their grandfathers. There has them you may, and show them to any body you like I been an eleventh commandment to the women not to read
it, and what is still more extraordinary, they soem not to " The Life is Memoranda, and not Confessions. I have have broken it. But that can be of little import to them, left out all my loves, (except in a general way,) and many poor things, for the reading or non-reading a book will other of the most important things, (because I must not never compromise other people,) so that it is like the play of
"Count G. comes to Venice next week, and I am reHamlet — The part of Hamlet omitted by particular quested to consign his wife to him, which shall be done. * desire.' But you will find many opinions, and some fun,
What you say of the long esenwith a detailed account of my marriage and its conse-ings at the Mira, or Venice, reminds me of what Curran quences, as true as a party concerned can make such said to Moore :-'So I hear you have married a pretty account, for I suppose we are all prejudiced.
woman, and a very good creature, too-an excellent crea* I have never read over this Life since it was written, ture. Pray-um!-how do you pass your evenings?" It so that I know not exactly what it may repeat or contain. is a devil of a question that, and perhaps as easy to Moore and I passed some merry days together.
answer with a wife as with a mistress.
* If you go to Milan, pray leave at least a Vice-Consul "I probably must return for business, or in my way to he only vice that will ever be wanting at Venice. America. Pray, did you get a letter for Hobhouse, who D'Orville is a good fellow. But you shall go to England will have told you the contents ? I understand that the in the spring with me, and plant Mrs. Hoppner at Berne Venezuelan commissioners had orders to treat with erni- with her relations for a few months. I wish you had been grants ; now I want to go there. I should not make a bad here (at Venice, I mean, not the Mira) when Moore was South American planter, and I should take my natural here we were very merry and tipsy. He hated Venice daughter, Allegra with me, and settle. I wrote, at length, by-the-way, and swore it was a sad place. to Hobhouse, to get information from Perry, who, I sup
"So Madame Albrizzi's death is in danger-poor won pose, is the best topographer and trumpeter of the new
man! republicans. Pray write.
* Yours, ever.
Moore told me that at Geneva they had made a devil of "P.S. Moore and I did nothing but laugh. He will a story of the Fornaretta - Young lady seduced !-sub tell you of my whereabouts' and all my proceedings at sequent abandonment S-leap into the Grand Canal ? this present ; they are as usual. You should not let those and her being in the hospital of fous in consequence ! I fillows publish false ' Don Juans ;' but do not put my name, should like to know who was nearest being made for because I mean to cut Roberts up like a gourd in the pre- and be d-d to them! Don't you think me in the face, if I continue the poem."
interesting character of a very ill-used gentleman? I
hope your little boy is well. Allegrina is flourishing like a pomegranate blossom.
"Yours, &" LETTER CCCCVIII.
TO MR. HOPPNER.
* October 29, 1819. "The Ferrara story is of a piece with all the rest of tho Venetian manufacture,*-you may judge: 1 only
TO MR. MURRAY.
"Venicc, November 8, 1819 "Mr. Hoppner has lent me a copy of Don Juan, Paris
Dee Letter 100.
edition, which he tells me is read in Switzerland by clergy-| her to France or America, change my name, and load a men and ladies, with considerable approbation. In the quiet provincial life. All this may seem odd, but I hava Second Canto, you must alter the 49th stanza to got the poor girl into a scrape; and as neither her birih H'T was twilight, and the sunless day went down
nor her rank, nor her connexions by birth or marriage, Over the waste of waters, like a veil
are inferior to my own, I am in honour bound to support Which if withdrawn would but disclose the frown
her through. Besides, she is a very pretty woman-rak or one whose hate is mask'd but to amail;
Moore-and not yet one-and-twenty.
" If she gets over this, and I get over my tertian, I will And the dim desolale deep; twelve days had Fear
perhaps look in at Albemarle-street, some of these days Been their familiar, and now Death was here."
en passomt to Bolivar. "I have been ill these eight days with a tertian fever, mught in the country on horseback in a thunder-storm. Yesterday I had the fourth attack: the two last were very smart, the first day as well as the last being preceded by
LETTER CCCCX. vomiting. It is the fever of the place and the season.
TO MR, BANKES. I feel weakened, but not inwell
, in the intervals, except headache and lassitude.
"Venice, Novemor 20, 1819. * Count Guiccioli has arrived in Venice, and has pre- "A tertian aguo which has troubled me for some time, sented his spouse (who had preceded him two months for and the indisposition of my daughter, have prevented me her health and the prescriptions of Dr. Aglietti) with a from replying before to your welcome letter. I have not vaper of conditions, regulations of hours, and conduct, and been ignorant of your progress nor of your discoveries, morals, &c. &c. &c. which he insists on her accepting, and I trust that you are no worso in health from your and she persists in refusing. I am expressly, it should labours. You may rely upon finding every body in Eng seem, excluded by this treaty, as an indispensable pre- land eager to reap the fruits of them; and as you have liminary; so that they are in high dissension, and what done more than other men, I hope you will not limit yourthe result may be, I know not, particularly as they are self to suying less than may do justice to the talents and consulting friends.
time yru bave bestowed on your perilous researches. “ T'o-night, as Countess Guiccioli observed me poring The first sentence of my letter will have explained to you over "Don Juan,' she stumbled by mere chance on the why I cannot join you at Trieste. I was on the point of 137th stanza of the First Canto, and asked me what it setting out for England, (before I knew of your arrival,) meant. I told her, 'Nothing-but":
your husband is when child's illness has made her and me dependent coming." As I said this in Italian with some emphasis on a Venetian Prolo-Medico. she started up in a fright, and said, 'Oh, my God, is he "It is now seven years since you and I met ;--whicl. coming ?' thinking it was her own, who either was or ought time you have employed better for others, and more to have been at the theatre. You may suppose we honourably for yourself, than I have done. aughed when she found out the mistake. You will be "In England you will find considerable changes, public amused, as I was;—it happened not three hours ago.
and private,-you will see some of our old college con"I wrote to you last week, but have added nothing to temporaries turned into lords of the treasury, admiralty the Third Canto since my fever, nor to 'The Prophecy and the like,-others become reformers and orators, of Dante.' Of the former there are about a hundred many settled in life, as it is called,—and others settled in octaves done; of the latter about five hundred lines-per- death; among the latter (by-the-way, not our fellow-colhaps more. Moore saw the Third Juan, as far as it then legians,) Sheridan, Curran. Lady Melbourne, Monk
I do not know if my fever will let me go on with Lewis, Frederick Douglas, &c. &c. &c.; but you wil either, and the tertian lasts, they say, a good while. I had still find Mr. * * living and all his family, as also it in Malta on my way home, and the malaria fever in * Greece the year before that. The Venetian is not very "Should you come up this way, and I am still here, fierce, but I was delirious one of the nights with it, for you need not be assured how glad I shall be to see you; an hour or two, and, on my senses coming back, found i long to hear some pari, from you, of that which I expicent Fletcher sobbing on one side of the bed, and La Contessa in no long time to see. Ai length you have had bener Guiccioli weeping on the other; so that I had no want of fortune than any traveller of equal enterprise, (except attendance. I have not yet taken any physician, because, Humboldt,) in returning safe ; and afier the fate of the though I think they may relieve in chronic disorders, such Brownes, and the Parkes, and the Burckhardis, it is hardly as gout and the like, &c. &c. &c. (though they can't cure less surprise than satisfaction to get you back again. them) -just as surgeons are necessary to set bones and
Believe me ever tend wounds--yet I think fevers quite out of their reach,
"and very affectionately yours, and remediable only by diet and nature.
* Byros." "I do n'i like the taste of bark, but I suppose that I must take it soon.
" Te!! Rose that somebody at Milan (an Austrian, Mr. Hoppmer savs) is answering his book. William Bankes
LETTER CCCCXI. is in quarantine at Trieste. I have not lately heard from yoʻi. Excuse this paper: it is long paper shortened for the occasion. What folly is this of Carlile's trial ? why
"Venice, Dec. 1. 1819. let him have the hon.jurs of a martyr ? it will only adver-1 You may do as you please, but you are abeun a loza. tise the books in question.
less experiment.* Eldon will decide against yrill, were !!
* Yours, &c. only that my nane is in the record. You will also recrla "P.S. As I tell you that the Guiccioli business is on lect that if the publication is pronounced against, on the the eve of exploding in one way or the other, I will just grounds you mention, as inclecent arut blasphemous, that I add, that without attempting to influence the decision of lose all right in my daughter's guardianship and education, the Contessa, a good deal depends upon it. If she and in short, all paternal authority, and every thing concerning her husband make it up, you will perhaps see me in Eng- her, except Seu sooner than you expect. If not, I shall retire with
TO MR. MURRAY.
• Mr. Murray had commencela suit against a London hookseiler, tra
an iniringement of lus copyright. in publishing a puratod edition or Corrected in this edition.
TO THE COUNTESS GUICCIOLI.
It waş so decided in Shelley's case, because he had writ
LETTER CCCCXNI. ten Queen Mab, &c. &c. However you can ask the sawyers, and do as you liko: I do not inhibit you trying the question; I merely state one of the consequences to
"F* * * will already have told you, with her accusWith regard 10 the copyright, it is hard that you tomed sublimity, that Love has gained the victory. I could should pay for a nonentity: I will therefore refund is not summon up resolution enough to leave the country which I can very well do not having spent it, nor begun where you are, without, at least, once more seeing you. upon it; and so we will be quits on that score. It lies at On yourself
, perhaps, it will depend, whether I ever again my -anker's.
shall leave you. Of the rest we shall speak when we * Of the Chancellor's law I am no judge; but take up meet. You ought, by this time, to know which is most Tom Jones, and read his Mrs. Waters and Molly Sea- conducive to your welfare, my presence or my absence. grim; or Prior's Hans Carvel and Paulo Purganti ; Smol- For myself, I am a citizen of the world—all countries are lett's Roderick Random, the chapter of Lord Strutwell
, alike to me. You have ever been, since our first acquaintand many others; Peregrine Pickle, the scene of the ance, the sole object of my thoughts. My opinion was, that Beggar Girl; Johnson's London, for coarse expressions; the best course I could adopt, both for your peace and for instance, the words * *,' and '**; Anstey's Bath that of all your family, would have been to depart and gu Guide, the Hearken, Lady Betty, hearken;'—take up, far, far away from you ;-since to have been near and not in short
, Pope, Prior, Congreve, Dryden, Fielding, Smol- approach you would have been, for me, impossible. You. lett, and let the Counsel select passages, and what be- have however decided that I am to return to Ravenna. 1 comes of their copyright, if his Wat Tyler decision is to shall accordingly return-and shall do—and be all that you pass into a precedent?* I have nothing more to say: wish. I cannot say more." you must judge for yourselves.
* I wrote to you some time ago. I have had a tertian ague; my daughter Allegra has been ill also, and I have been almost obliged to run away with a married woman;
LETTER CCCCXIV. but with some ditficulty, and many internal struggles, I reconciled the lady with her lord, and cured the fever of the child with bark, and my own with cold water. I think « MY DEAR HOPPNER, of setting out for England by the Tyrol in a few days, so "Partings are but bitter work at best, so that I shall not that I could wish you to direct your next letter to Calais. venture on a second with you. Pray make my respects to Excuse my writing in great haste and late in the morn- Mrs. Hoppner, and assure her of my unalterable revering, or night, whichever you please to call it. The Third ence for the singular goodness of her disposition, which is Canto of Don Juan' is completed, in about two hundred not without its reward even in this world—for those who stanzas; very dent, I believe, but do not know, and it are no great believers in human virtues would discover is useless to discuss until it be asceriained, if it may or enough in her to give them a better opinion of their fellowmay not be a property.
creatures, and what is still more difficult--of themselves, “My prezent determination to quit Italy was unlooked as being of the same species, however inferior in approachfor; but I have explained the reasons in letters to my ing its nobler models. Make, too, what excuses you can sister and Douglas Kinnaird, a week or two ago. My for my omission of the ceremony of leave-taking. If we progress will depend upon the snows of the Tyrol, and all meet again, I will make my humblest apology: if not, the health of my child, who is at present quite recovered : recollect that I wished you all well: and, if you can, for- but I hope to get on well, and am
get that I have given you a great deal of trouble. * Yours every and truly.
"Yours, &c. &c. "P. S. Many thanks for your letters, to which you are not to consider this as an answer, but as an acknowledge ment."
TO MR. HOPPNER.
TO MR. MURRAY.
“ Venice, December 10, 1819.
"Since I last wrote, I have changed my mind, and shall TO THE COUNTESS GUICCIOLI.
not come to England. The more I contemplate, the more *You are, and ever will be, my first thought. But I dislike the place and the prospect. You may therefore at this moment, I am in a state most dreadful, not know- address to me as usual here, though I mean to go 10 ing which way to decide ;-on the one hand, fearing that another city. I have finished the Third Canto of Don I should compromise you for ever, by my return to Ra- Juan, but the things I have read and heard discourage all venna and the consequences of such a step, and, on the farther publication at least for the present. You may other, dreading that I shall lose both you and myself
, and try the copy question, but you 'll lose it: the cry is up, all that I have ever known or tasted of happiness, by never and cant is up. I should have no objection to return the ceeing von more. I pray of vou, I implore you to be price of the copyright, and have written to Mr. Kinne rd cornforted, and to believe inat I cannot cease to love you by this post on the subject. Talk with him. but with my life."
"I "I have not the patience, nor do I feel interest eragh save you, and leave a country insupportable to me with in the ques!ion, to contend with the fellows in meir own out you. Your letters to F* * and myself do wrong slang; but I perceive Mr. Blackwood's Magazine and to my motives--but you will yet see your injustice. It is one or two others of your missives have been hyperbolical not enough that I must leave you—from motives of which in their praise, and diabolical in their abuse. I like and ere long you will be convinced--it is not enough that I admire Wilson, and he should not have indulged hiinsell must fly from Italy, with a heart deeply wounded, after in such outrageous license.* It is overdone and defeats having passed all my days in solitude since your depar. itself. What would he say to the grossness without pas ture, sick both in body and mind--but I must also have to sion and the misanthropy without feeling of Gulliver's endure your reproaches without answering and without deserving them. Farewell !-in that one word is com- of literary operations led him. The gentleman to whom the hormetile
• This is one of the many mistakes into which bis distance frun the scene orised the death of my happiness."
article in the Magazine is here attributeri, has never, elther then or since, written pun the subject of the noble poet's character or gew it. without giving vent to a feeling of admiration as enthusiastic as it is
always eloquently and powerfully expressed.-Moore,
• See letter Soi.
TO MR. MOORE.
And all the folks would start
it, or thus,
Travets !-When he talks of lady Byron's business, he season itself is sc little complimentary with snow and talks of what he knows nothing about; and you may tell rain that I wait for sunshine." hını that no one can more desire a public investigation of that affair than I do. * I se: home by Moore (fur Moore only who has my
LETTER CCCCXVII. journal also) my Mennoir written up to 1816, and I
him leive to show it to whom he pleased, but not to publish, on any account. You may read it, and you may let Wilson
"Janvary 2, 1820 reid it, if he likes—not for his public opinion, but his
MY DEAR MOORE, private; for I like the man, and care very little about his magazine. And I could wish Lady B. herself to read
“Today it is my wedding day, it, that she may have it in her power to mark any thing
If wife should dine at Edmonton, mistaken or misstated; as it may probably appear after
And I should dine at Ware.' my extinction, and it would be but fair she should see - that is to say, herself willing.
"Here's a bappy new year! but with reason, * Perhaps I may take a journey to you in the spring;
I beg you 'll permit me lo taybut I have been ill and am indolent and indecisive, because
Wisb me many returns of the reason, few things interest me. These fellows first abused me
But as few as you please of the day. for being gloomy, and now they are wroth that I am, or "My this present writing is to direct you that, if she attempted to be, facetious. I have got such a cold and chooses, she may see the MS. Memoir in your possession. I headach that I can hardly see what I scrawl ;-the win-wish her to have fair play in all cases, even though it will ters here are as sharp as needles. Some time ago I not be published till after my decease. For this purpose, it wrote to you rather fully about my Italian affairs ; at pre- were but just that Lady B. should know what is there said sent I can say no more except that you shall hear farther of her and hers that she may have full power to remark ou by-and-by.
or respond to any part or parts, as may seem fitting in “ Your Blackwood accuses me of treating women herself. This is fair dealing, I presume, in all events. barshly: it may be so, but I have been their martyr; my "To change the subject, are you in England: I send whole life has been sacrificed to them and by them. I you an epitaph for Castlereagh. mean to leave Venice in a few days, but you will address your letters here as usual
. When I fix elsewhere, you Another for Pittshall know."
" With death doom'd to grapple
Beneath this cold slab, he
Now lies in the Abbey.
* The gods seem to have made me poetical this day: --TO MR. HOPPNER.
" In digging up your bones, Tom Paine,
Will. Cobbelt has done well :
You visit him on earth again, “Ravenna, December 31, 1819.
He'll visit you in hell. “I have been here this week, and was obliged to put on
“ You come to him on earth again. my armour and go the night after my arrival to the Mar
He'll go with you to bell. quis Cavalli's, where there were between two and three hundred of the best company I have seen in Italy,
« Pray let not these versiculi go forth with my name. more beauty, more youth, and more dianionds among the except among the initiated, because my friend Hobhouse women than have been seen these fifty years in the Sea- has foamed into a reformer, and I greatly fear, will sube Sodom. *-I never saw such a difference between two side into Newgate; since the Honourable House, accordplaces of the same latitude (or platitude, it is all one,)—ing to Galignani's Reports of Parliamentary Debates, music, dancing, and play, all in the same salle. The G.'s are menacing a prosecution to a pamphlet of his. I shali object appeared to be to parade her foreign lover as be very sorry to hear of any thing but good for him, parmuch as possible, and, faith, if she seemed to glory in the ticularly in these miserable squabbles; but these are the scandal, was not for me to be ashamed of it. Nobody natural effects of taking a part in them. seemed surprised ;-all the women, on the contrary, were,
* For my own part, I had a sad scene since you went. as it were, delighted with the excellent example. The Count Gu. came for bis wife, and none of those consevice-legate, and all the other vices, were as polite as could quences which Scott prophesied ensued. There was no be ;-and I, who had acted on the reserve, was fairly damages, as in England, and so Scott lost his
wager. But obliged to take the lady under my arm, and look as much there was a great scene, for she would not, at first, go like a cicisbeo as I could on so short a notice,—to say back with him--at least, she did go back with him ; but nothing of the embarrassment of a cocked hat and sword, he insisted, reasonably enough, that all communication much more formidable to me than ever it will be to the should be broken off between her and me. So, finding
Italy very dull
, and having a fever tertian, I packed up enemy. "I write in great haste-do you answer as hastily. I my valise and prepared to cross the Alps; but
my daugha can understand nothing of all this; but it seems as if ter fell ill, and detained me. the G. had been presumed to be planterl, and was deter
" After her arrival at Raven:a, the Guccioli fell il mined to show that she was not,-plantation, in this again too; and, at last her father (who had, all along, copa hemisphere, being the greatest moral misfortune. But posed the liaison most violently till now) wrote to me to this is mere conjecture, for I know nothing about it say that she was in such a state that he begged me to except that every body are very kind to her, and not dis- come and see her,--and that her husband had acquiesced, courteous to me. Fathers, and all relations, quite agree-in consequence of her relapse, and that he (her father) able.
would guarantee all this, and that there would be no fara
ther scenes in consequence between them, and that I "P. S. Best respects to Mrs. H.
should not be compromised in any way. I set out soon *I would send the compliments of the season; but the after, and have been here ever since. I found her a good
deal altered, but getting better :-all this comes of reading
Corinna. • #Geonna of the waters ! thou Sea-Sodum!"
* The Carnival is about to begin, and I saw about two
* Yours ever,