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"My poesy comes out on Saturday. Hobhouse is he most readily consented to remove this obstacle. At nere; I shall tell him to write. My stone is gone for his request I drew a pen across the parts I considered the present, but I fear is part of my habit. We all talk objectionable, and he undertook to send me the letter of a visit to Car bridge.

re-written, next morning. In the mean time, I received u Yours ever.

"B."

from Lord Byron the following paper for my guidance.'

TO LORD HOLLAND

"With regard to the passage on Mr. Way's loss, no LETTER CXXII.

unfair play was hinted at, as may be seen by referring to the book; and it is expressly added that the managers

were ignorant of that transaction. As to the prevalenco "St. James's-street, March 5th, 1812. of play at the Argyle, it cannot be denied that there were "MY LORD,

billiards and dice ;-Lord B. has been a witness to the *May I request your Lordship to accept a copy* of use of both at the Argyle Rooms. These, it is prethe thing which accompanies this note ? You have sumed, come under the denomination of play. If play already so fully proved the truth of the first line of be allowed, the President of the Institution can hardly Pope's couple,

complain of being termed the 'Arbiter of Play, -1 'Forgiveness to the injured doth belong,

what becomes of his authority?

“ Lord B. has no personal animosity to Colone! that I long for an opportunity to give the lie to the verse Greville. A public institution, to which he, himself, was that follows. If I were not perfectly convinced that any a subscriber, he considered himself to have a right to thing I may have formerly uttered in the boyish rashness notice publicly. Of that institution, Colonel Greville of my mispiaced resentment had made as little impres- was the avowed director ;-it is too late to enter into the sion as it deserved to make, I should hardly have the core discussion of its merits or demerits. fidence-perhaps your lordship may give it a stronger " Lord B. must leave the discussion of the reparation, and more appropriate appellation-io send you a quarto for the real or supposed injury, to Colonel G.'s friend of the same scribbler. But your lordship, I am sorry to and Mr. Moore, the friend of Lord B.-begging them to observe to-day, is troubled with the gout: if my book can recollect that, while they ccnsider Colonel G.'s honour, produce a laugh against itself or the author, it will be of Lord B. must also maintain his own. If the business some service. If it can set you to sleep, the benefit will can be settled amicably, Lord B. will do as much as can be yet greater; and as some.cetious personage observed and ought to be done by a man of honour towards con half a century ago, that'poetry is a mere drug,' I offer ciliation ;-if not, he must satisfy Colonel G. in the man you mine as an humble assistant to the 'eau médecinale.' ner most conducive to his further wishes." i trust you will forgive this and all my other buffooneries, and believe me to be, with gosat respect,

"In the morning I received the letter, in its new form, "Your lordship's obliged and sincere servant, from Mr. Leckie, with the annexed note.

“Byron."

"MY DEAR SIR, "I found my friend very ill in bed; he has, however

managed to copy the enclosed, with the alterations proIn relauon to the following note of Lord Byron, Mr. posed. Perhaps you may wish to see me in the mornMoore says :

ing; I shall therefore be glad to see you any time till "N

* Not long after the publication of Childe Harold, the twelve o'clock. If you rather wish me to call on you, noble author paid me a visit, one morning, and, putting a tell me, and I shall obey your summons. letter into my hands, which he had just received, request

*Yours, very truly, ed that I woulul undertake to manage for him whatever

**G, T. LECKIE. proceedings it might render necessary. This letter, I

"With such facilities towards pacification, it is almost found, had been delivered to him by Mr. Leckie, (a gen

needless to add, that there was but little delay in setting Lieman well known by a work on Sicilian affairs,) and the matter amicably.” came from a once active and popular member of the fashionable world, Colonel Greville,—its purport being to

LETTER CXXIII. require of his lordship, as author of‘English Bards, &c.' such reparation as it was in his power to make for the injury which, as Colonel Greville conceived, certain pas

" April 20th, 1812.

"MY DEAR BANKES, sages in that Satire, reflecting upon his conduct, as

“ I feel rather hurt (not savagely) at the speech you manager of the Argyle Institution, were calculated to inflict upon his character. In the appeal of the gallant made to me last night, and my hope is, that it was only colonel, there were some expressions of rather an angry

one of your profane jests. I should be very sorry that cast, which Lord Byron, though fully conscious of the any part of my behaviour should give you cause to suplength to which he himself had gone, was but little in pose that I think higher of myself

, or otherwise of you, clined to brook, and on my returning the letter into his than I have always done. I can assure you that I am hands, he said, 'To such a letter as that there can be as much the humblest of your servants as at Trin. Coll., out one sort of answer.' He agreed, however, to trust

and if I have not been at home when you favoured me the matter entirely to my discretion, and I had, shortly with a call, the loss was more ming than yours. In the after, an interview with the friend of Culonel Greville.bustle of buzzing parties, there is, there can be, no By this gentleman, who was then an utter stranger to rational conversation ; but when I can enjoy it, there is me, I was received with much courtesy, and with every nobody's I can prefer to your own.

« Believe me ever faithfully disposition to bring the affair intrusted to us to an ami

"and most affectionately yours, cable issue. On my premising that the tone of his friend's

* BYRON. letter stood in the way of negotiation, and that some obnoxious expressions which it contained must be removed Defore I could proceed a single step towards explanation,

LETTER CXXIV.

TO MR. WILLIAM BANKES. • Childe Harold. To his sister, Mrs. Leigh, one of the first presen.

MY DEAR BANKES, La lon cupies was also sent, with the following inscripting in it:

" To Augusta, my dearcat sister, and my best friend, who has ever "My eagerness to come to an explanation has, I loval me much better than infrarrved, tre voluire is presentert by her

trust, convinced you that whatever ny unlucky manner

TO MR. WILLIAM BANKES.

Ginerless in my affectuate bruther,

TO LORD HOLLAND.

Inight inadvertently be, the change was as unintentional

LETTER CXXV. as (if intended) it would have been ungrateful. I really was rot aware that, while we were together, I had evinced such caprices; that we were not so much in

a June 25th, 1812.

“MY DEAR LORD, each other's company as I could have wished, I well know, but I think so acute an observer as yourself must

"I must appear very ungrateful, and have, indeedy have perceive i enough to explain this, without supposing

been very negligent, but till last night I was not apprized any slight to one in whose society I have pride and of Lady Holland's restoration, and I shall call to-morrow pleasure. Recollect that I do not allude here to 'ex- to have the satisfaction, I trust, of hearing that she is tendeď or 'extending acquaintances, but to circum- well. I hope that neither politics nor gout have assailed Kances you will understand, I think, on a little reflection. your lordship since I last saw you, and that you also aro

“And now, my dear Bankes, do not distress me by as well as could be expected. supposing that I can think of you, or you of me, otherwise

* The other night, at a ball, I was presented by order than I trust we have long thought.' You told me not to our gracious Regent, who honoured me with some long ago that my temper was improved, and I should be conversation, and professed a predilection for poetry.sorry that opinion should be revoked. Believe me, your

I confess it was a most unexpected honour, and I thought friendship is of more account to me than all those absurd of poor Brunimell's adventure, with some apprehensions vanities in which, I fear, you conceive me to take too

of a similar blunder. I have now great hope, in the much interest. I have never disputed your superiority,

event of Mr. Pye's decease, of' warbling truth at court, or doubted (seriously) your good will

, and no one shall

like Mr. Mallett, of indifferent memory.-Consider 100 ever make mischief between us without the sincere marks a year! besides the wine and the disgrace; but regret on the part of your ever affectionate, &c.

then remorse would make me drown myself in my own "P.S. I shall see you, I hope, at Lady Jersey's. but before the year's end, or the finishing of my first Hobhouse goes also."

dithyrambic. So that, after all, I shall not meditate our laureate's death by pen or poison.

“Will you present my best respects to Lady Holland and believe me hers and yours very sincerely ”

NOTES TO MR. MOORE.

most.

“ March 25th, 1812. Know all men by these presents, that you, Thomas

LETTER CXXVI. Moore, stand indicted-no-invited, by special and par

TO SIR WALTER SCOTT, BART. ticular solicitation, to Lady Caroline Lamb's, to-morrow even, at half-past nine o'clock, where you will meet with

"St. James's-street, July 6th, 1812. a civil reception and decent entertainment. Pray, come

“SIR, --I was so examined after you this morning, that I en

" I have just been honoured with your letter.—I fod treat you to answer in person. Believe me, &c.”

sorry that you should have thought it worth while to

notice the evil works of my non-age,' as the thing is

“Friday noon. suppressed voluntarily, and your explanation is too kind "I should have answered your note yesterday, but I not to give me pain. The Satire was written when I toped to have seen you this morning. I must consult was very young and very angry, and fully bent on diswith you about the day we dine with Sir Francis. I playing my wrath and my wit, and now I am haunted suppose we shall meet at Lady Spencer's to-night. I by the ghosts of my wholesale assertions. I cannot did not know that you were at Miss Berry's the other sufficiently thank you for your praise; and now, waiving night, or I should have certainly gone there.

myself, let me talk to you of the Prince Regent. He As usual, I ain in all sorts of scrapes, though none, ordered me to be presented to him at a ball; and after at present, of a martial description. Believe me, &c." some sayings peculiarly pleasing from royal lips, as ti

my own attempts, he talked to me of "May 8th, 1812.

you and

your im "I am too proud of being your friend to care with mortalities: he preferred you to every bard past and whom I am linked in your estimation, and, God knows, present, and asked which of your works pleased me I want friends more at this time than at any

It was a difficult question. I answered, ]

other. I am taking care of myself to no great purpose. If you thought the ‘Lay;'. He said his own opinion was nearly kt: w ny situation in every point of view, you would similar. In speaking of the others, I told him that i excese apparent and unintentional neglect.

* thought you more particularly the poet of Princes, 28 I shrail leave town, I think; but do not you leave it with they never appeared more fascinating than in 'Marmion, out seeing me. I wish you, from my soul, every happi

and the 'Lady of the Lake.' He was pleased to coin ness you can wish yourself; and I think you have taken cide, and to dwell on the description of your Jameses as the road to secure it. _Peace be with you! I fear she no less royal than poetical. He spoke alternately of las abandoned me. Ever, &c."

Homer and yourself, and seemed well acquainted with

both; so that (with the exception of the Turks and your * May 20th, 1812.

humble servant) you were in very good company. I "On Monday, after sitting up all night, I saw Belling- defy Murray to have exaggerated his royal highness's ham launched into eternity, and at three the same day opinion of your powers, nor can I pretend to enumeru: e I saw* * * launched into the country. *

all he said on the subject; but it may give you pleasure I believe, in the beginning of June, I shall be down to hear that it was conveyed in language which wouid for a few days in Notts. If so, I shall beat you up only suffer by my attempting to transcribe it, and with a

en passant with Hobhouse, who is endeavouring, tone and taste which gave me a very high idea of his like you and every body else, to keep me out of scrapes. abilities and accomplishments, which I had hitherto con

"I meant to have written you a long letter, but I find I sidered as confined to manners, certainly superior 10 cannot. If any thing remarkable occurs, you will hear those of any living gentleman. it from me-if good; if bad, there are plenty to tell it. * This interview was accidental. I never went to the In the mean time do you be happy.

levee ; for having seen the courts of Mussulman and

“Ever yours, &c. Catholic sovereigns, my curiosity was sufficiently allayeva •P.S. My best wishes and respects to Mrs. Moore, and my politics being as perverse as my rhymes, I had

e is beautiful. I may say so even to you, for 1 in fact, 'no business there.' To be thus praised by your tot was more struck with a countenance."

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"Ever yours.

TO LORD HOLLAND.

ration is not alloyed by the communication being made - but too happy if I can oblige you, though I may offers : vrough me, the bearer of it will consider himself very 100 scribblers and the discerning public. fortunately and sincerely “Your obliged and obedient servani, " Keep my name a secret; or I shall be beset by au

* BYRON. the rejected, and perhaps damned by a party." *P.S. Excise this scrawl, scratched in a great hurry and just after a journey."

LETTER CXXIX.

TO LORD HOLLAND.
LETTER CXXVII.

"Cheltenham, September 23, 1812.
“Ecco!-I have marked some passages with double

readings—choose between then-cul-arld-reject-or «Cheltenham, September 10, 1812.

destroy-do with them as you will—I leave it to you and "MY DEAR LORD,

the Committee-you cannot say so called a 'non com. * The lines* which I sketched off on your hint are still, millendo.' What will they do (and I do) with the hunor rather were, in an unfinished state, for I have just com- dred and one rejected Troubadours ? "With trumpets mitted them to a flame more decisive than that of Drury. yea, and with shawms,' will you be assailed in the most Under all the circumstances, I should hardly wish a con- diabolical doggerel. I wish my name not to transpire till test with Philo-drama-Philo-Drury-Asbestos, H * *, the day is decided. I shall not be in town, so ii won't and all the anonymes and synonymes of the Committee much matter; but let us have a good deliverer. I think candidates. Seriously, I think you have a chance of some Elliston should be the man, or Pope; not Raymond, I thing much better; for prologuizing is not my forte, and, implore you by the love of Rhythmus ! at all events, either my pride or my modesty won't let me “ The passages marked thus above and below, incur the hazard of having my rhymes buried in next are for you to choose between epithets, and such like month's Magazine, under 'Essays on the Murder of Mr. poetical furniture. Pray write me a line, and believe Perceval' and 'Cures for the Bite of a Mad Dog,' as me ever, &c. poor Goldsmith complained of the fate of far superior “My best remembrances to Lady H. Will you be performances.

good enough to decide between the various readings "I am still sufficiently interested to wish to know the marked, and erase the other; or our deliverer may be as successful candidate; and, among so many, I have no puzzled as a commentator, and belike repeat both. It doubt some will be excellent, particularly in an age when these versicles won't do I will hammer out some more writing verse is the easiest of all attainments.

endecasyllables. "I cannot answer your intelligence with the like "P.S. Tell Lady H. I have had sad work to keep ou! comfort, unless, as you are deeply theatrical, you may the Phænix-I mean the Fire-Office of that name. It wish to hear of Mr. * *, whose acting is, I fear, utterly has ensured the theatre, and why not the Address ?" inadequate to the London engagement into which the managers of Covent Garden have lately entered. His figure is fat, his features flat, his voice unmanageable, his

LETTER CXXX. action ungraceful, and, as Diggory says, 'I defy him to extort that d-d muffin face of his into madness. I was very sorry to see him in the character of the ‘Elephant

"September 24. on the slack rope;' for, when I last saw him, I was in

"I send a recast of the first four lines of the concluding raptures with his performance. But then I was sixteen, paragraph. -an age to which all London then condescended to

" Tht greeting o'er, the ancient rule obey'd, subside. After all, much better judges have admired,

The drama's homage by her Herald paid, and may again; but I venture to 'prognosticate a pro

Receive our welcome too, whose every tone phecy' (see the Courier) that he will not succeed.

Springs from our hearts and fain would win your own. "So, poor dear Rogers has stuck fast on the brow of the curtain rises, &c. &c. the mighty Helvellyn'--1 hope not for ever. My best And do forgive all this trouble. See what it is to have respects to Lady H.-her departure, with that of my to do even with the genteelest of us. Ever, &c." other friends, was a sad event for me, now reduced to a state of the most cynical solitude. "By the waters of Cheltenham I sat down and drank; when I remembered

LETTER CXXXI. thee, oh, Georgiana Cottage! As for our harps, we

TO LORD HOLLAND. hanged them upon the willows that grew thereby. Then they said, Sing us a song of Drury-lane,' &c. --but I am

"Cheltenham, Sept. 25, 1812. dainb and dreary as the Israelites. The waters have

"Still moro matter for a May morning.' Having disordered me to my heart's content-you were right, as

patched the middle and end of the Address, I send one you always are.

more couplet for a part of the beginning, which, if not toc "Believe me ever your obliged

turgid, you will have the goodness to add. After tha' "and affectionate servant,

Aagrant image of the Thames, (I hope no unlucky wag “BYRON."

will say I have set it on fire, though Dryden, in his 'Annus Mirabilis,' and Churchill, in his "Times,' did

before me,) I mean to insert this: LETTER CXXVIII.

" As da shing far the new Volcano shone

meteori
And swept the skies with lightning not their own,

While thousands throng'd around the burning doma, &c. &c. "September 22, 1812. *MY DEAR LORD,

I think thousands' less flat than crowds collected-but " In a day or two I will send you something which you don't let me plunge into the bathos, or rise into Nai. will still have the liberty to reject if you dislike it. I Lee's Bedlam metaphors. By-the-by, the best view of should like to have had more time, but will do my best, the said fire (which I myself saw from a housetop in

Covent-garden) was at Westminster Bridge, from the • Address at the opening of Drury Lane Theatre.

reflection on the Thames.

TO LORD HOLLAND,

TO LORD HOLLAND.

ܪ

"I am ever,

"Perhaps the present couplet had better come in after the epilogue to the Distressed Mother,' and, I think ono trembled for their homes,' the two lines after ;-as other of Goldsmith's, and a prologue of old Colman's to Beauwise the image certainly sinks, and it will run just as mont and Fletcher's Philaster, are the best things of the well.

kind we have. * The lines themselves, perhaps, may be better thus- "P.S. I am diluted to the throat with medicine for the (choose,' or 'refuse'—but please yourself, and don't stone; and Boisragon wants me to try a warm clima:a mind 'Sir Fretful)

for the winter-but I won't.”

sadly
" As flash'd the volumed biexe, and ghastly shone
The skies with lightnings awful as their own.

LETTER CXXXIII.
The last runs smoothest, and, I think, best; but you know

TO LORD HOLLAND. better than best. 'Lurid' is also a less indistinct epithet

“September 27, 1812. than 'livid wave,' and, if you think so, a dash of the pen "I have just received your very kind letter, and hope will do.

you have met with a second copy corrected and ad "I expected one line this morning; ir. the mean time, dressed to Holland House, with some omissions and this I shall remodel and condense, and if I do not hear from new couplet, you shall send another copy.

&c."

" As glared each rizing fash, and ghastly shone

The skies with lightnings awful as their own.

As to remarks, I can only say I will alter and acquiesce in LETTER CXXXII.

any thing. With regard to the part which Whitbread

wishes to omit, I believe the Address will go off quicker TO LORD HOLLAND.

without it, though like the agility of the Hottentot, at the

"September 26, 1812. You will think there is no end to my villanous different specimens of stucco-work; and a brick of your

expense of its vigour. I leave to your choice entirely the emendations. The fifth and sixth lines I think to alter

own will also much improve my Babylonish turret. I should thus:

like Elliston to have it, with your leave. “Adorn' and "Ye who beheld-oh sight admired and mourn'd,

‘mourn' are lawful rhymes in Pope's death of the unfor. Whose radiance mock'd the ruin it adorn'd;

tunate Lady-Gray has ‘forlorn' and 'mourn'-and'torn' oecause "night is repeated the next line but one ; and, and 'mourn' are in Smollet's famous Tears of Scotland. as it now stands, the conclusion of the paragraph,' wor

“As there will probably be an outcry among the re thy him (Shakspeare) and you,' appears to apply the jected, I hope the Committee will testify (if it be needyou' to those only who were out of bed and in Covent- ful) that I sent in nothing to the congress whatever, with garden market on the night of conflagration, instead of or without a name, as your lordship well knows. All I the audience or the discerning public at large, all of whom have to do with it is with and through you; and though are intended to be comprised in that comprehensive and, I, of course, wish to satisfy the audience, I do assure I hope, comprehensible pronoun.

you my first object is to comply with your request and “By-the-by, one of my corrections in the fair copy

in so doing to show the sense I have of the many oblisent yesterday has dived into the bathos some six!y gations you have conferred upon me. fathom

« B. ** When Garrick died, and Brinsiey ceased to write. Ceasing to live is a much more serious concern, and

LETTER CXXXIV. 'ought not to be first; therefore I will let the old couplet

TO LORD HOLLAND. stand, with its has rhymes'sought and wrote.'* Second

"September 27, 1812. thoughts in every thing are best, but, in rhyme, third and « I believe this is the third scrawl since yesterday—al fourth don't come amiss. I am very anxious on this about epithets. I think the epithet 'intellectual won't business, ard I do hope that the very trouble I occasion convey the meaning I intend ; and though I hate comyou will plead its own excuse, and that it will tend to pounds, for the present I will try (col permesso) the show my endeavour to make the most of the time allot-word "genius-gifted patriarchs of our line't instead. led. I wish I had known it months ago, for in that case Johnson has many-coloured life,' a compound—but they I had not left one line standing on another. I always are always best avoided. However, it is the only one in scrawl in this way, and smooth as much as I can, but ninety lines, but will be happy to give way to a better. never sufficiently; and, latterly, I can weave a nine-line I am ashamed to intrude any more remembrances on stanza faster than a couplet, for which measure I have Lady H. or letters upon you; but you are, fortunately not the cunning. When I began 'Childe Harold,' had for me, gifted with patience already too often tried by never tried Spenser's measure, and now I cannot scribble

“Your, &c. &c." in any other.

* After all, my dear lord, if you can get a decent Address elsewhere, don't hesitate w put this aside. Why

LETTER CXXXV. did you not trust your own Muse ? I ain very sure she would have been triumphant, and saved the Committee their trouble— 't is a joyful one' to me, but I fear I shall

“September 28, 1812. Dol satisfy even myself. After the account you sent me,

“WH? this Wo better? the metaphor is more complele. it is no compliment to say, you would have beaten your

lara of the candidates; but I mean that, in that case, there would

« Till slowly ebb'd the spent volcanic wave, have been no occasion for their being beaten at all.

And blackening ashes mark'd the Muse's grave. • There are but two decent prologues in our tongue-If not, we will say burning' wave, and iristead of 'burte Pope's to Cato—Johnson's to Drury-lane. These, withing clime,' in the line some couplets back, have'glowing.

"Is Whitbread determined to castrate all my calry • " Such are the nained that here your plaudits sought,

When Garrick acted, and when Brinsley wrote." A present the couplet stands thus :

• At present, "As glared the volumed blaze"
"Dear are the day that made uur annals bright,

This, as finally allered, i.
Ere Garrick filed or Brimsley ceased to write."

"Imrportal names, emblazoned on our line."

"Yours ever,

TO LORD HOLLAND.

lines ?* I don't see why t'other house should be spared; see, now taken it for granted that these things a:o ro besides, it is the public, who ought to know better ; and formed. I confess, I wish that part of the Address to you recoliect Johnson's was against similar buffooneries stand; but if W. is inexorable, e'en let it go. I have cr Rich's-but, certes, I am not Johnson.

also new cast the lines, and softened the hint of futuro * Instead of effects,' say ' labours'—'degenerate' will combustion,* and sent them off this morning. Will you 20, will it ? Mr. Beuy is no longer a babe, therefore have the goodness to add, or insert, the approved altora the line cannot be personal.

tions as they arrive? They come like shadows, “Will this do?

depart;' occupy me, and, I fear, disturb you. the burning

“Do not let Mr. W. put his Address into Elliston's « Till ebb's the la va of that moiten wave,

hands till you have settled on these alterations. E. will

think it too long :-much depends on the speaking. I with glowing dome,' in case you prefer' burning' added fear it will not bear much curtailing, without chasms in to this wave' metaphorical. The word 'fiery pillar' the sense. was suggested by the 'pillar of fire in the book of Ex

" It is certainly loo long in the reading; but if Elliston odus, which went before the Israelites through the Red Jexerts himself

, such a favourite with the public will not Sea. I once thought of saying like Israel's pillar,' and be thought tedious. I should think it so, if he were not making it a simile, but I did not know,—the great temp to speak it. tation was leaving the epithet 'fiery' for the supplement

“Yours ever, &c. ary wave. I want to work up that passage, as it is the

"P.S. On looking again, I doubt my idea of having only new ground us prologuizers can go upon

obviated W.'s objection. To the other House, allusion " This is the place where, if a poet

is a 'non sequitur-but I wish to plead for this part, Shined in description, he might show it.

because the thing really is not to be passed over. If I part with the possibility of a future conflagration, Many after-pieces at the Lyceum by the same company we lessen the compliment to Shakspeare. However, have already attacked this · Augean Stable—and Johnwe will e'en mend it thus:

son, in his prologue against Lunn,' (the harlequin-ma

nager, Rich,) Hunt,—Mahomet,' &c. is surely a fair " Yes, it shall be-the magic of that name,

precedent."
That acorns the scythe of Time, the torch of Flame,

On the same spoe, &c. &c.
There—the deuce is in it, if that is not an improvement

LETTER CXXXVII.
to Whitbread's content. Recollect, it is the name,' and
not the magic,' that has a noble contempt for those same
weapons. If it were the magic' my metaphor would

"Sept. 29, 1812. be somewhat of the maddest-so the 'name' is the ante

" Shakspeare certainly ceased to reign in one of his cedent. But, my dear lord, your patience is not quite kingdoms, as George III. did in America, and George so immortal-therefore, with many and sincere thanks, IV. may in Ireland. Now, we have nothing to do out

of our own realms, and when the monarchy was gone, “ Yours ever most affectionately, his majesty had but a barren sceptre. I have cut away, "P.S. I foresee there will be charges of partiality in you will see, and altered, but make it what you please ; the papers; but you know I sent in no Address; and only I do implore, for my own gratification, one lash on glad both you and I must be that I did not, for, in that those accursed quadrupeds 'a long shot, Sir Lucius, if case, their plea had been plausible. I doubt the Pit will you love me. I have altered 'wave,' &c. and the 'fire, be testy ; but conscious innocence (a novel and pleasing and so forth, for the timid. sensation) makes me bold."

"Let me hear from you when convenient, and believo

TO LORD HOLLAND.

I am

me, &c.

"P.S. Do let that stand, and cut out elsewhere. I LETTER CXXXVI.

shall cho

if must overlook their d-d menagerie." TO LORD HOLLAND. “Sept. 28.

LETTER CXXXVIII. *I have altered the middle couplet, so as I hope partly to do away with W.'s objection. I do think, in the present

TO LORD HOLLAND. state of the stage, it has been unpardonable to pass over

"Sept. 30, 1812. the horses and Miss Mudie, &c. As Betty is no longer

" I send you the most I can make of it; for I am not a boy, how can this be applied to him? He is now to be so well as I was, and find I'pall in resolution.' judged as a man. If he acts still like a boy, the public

"I wish much to see you, and will be at Tetbury by will but be more ashamed of their blunder. I have, you twelve on Saturday; and from thence I go on to Lord

Jersey's. It is impossible not to allude to the degraded • The lines he here alludes to, finally were omitted by the Commit- state of the Stage, but I have lightened it, and endealee; they were these :

voured to obviate your other objections. There is a new Nay, lower still, the Drama yet deplores That lare che deign'd to cratcl upon all-fours.

couplet for Sheridan, allusive to his Monody. All the When Richard roars in Bostoorth for a horse,

alterations I have marked thus (-as you will see by If you command, the steed most come in course, If you decree, the Stage must condescend

comparison with the other copy. I have cudgelled my To sooth the sickly taste we dare not mead. Blame not our judgment should we acquicsce,

brains with the greatest willingness, and only wish I had And gratify you more by showing less.

more time to have done better. Oh, since your fat stamps the Drama's laws, Forbear to mock us with misplaced applause ;

“You will find a sort of clap-trap laudatory couplet That public praise le ne'er again disgraced,

inserted for the quiet of the Committee, and I have brutes to man recall From babes and brules redeem a nation's taste.

added, towards the end, the couplet you were pleased Then prida shall doubly nerve the actors' powert,

to like. The whole Address is seventy-three lines, still When Reason's voice is echoed back by ours.' The last couplet but one was again allered in a subsequent copy thus "The part reprocch lel present scenes refute,

• It had been, originally, Nor shift from man babe, from babe to brule."

Though other pilar may sink in future frame, 1 The form of this couplet, au printed, is as follows :

On the same spor," &c. &c. " Tui blackening ashes and the lonely wall

+ Some objection, it appears from this, had been made to the pass Usurp'd the Muse's remini, mi marid ber fall."

" and Sbakoptare ceased to reign."

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