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TO LORD HOLLAND.
TO MR. MURRAY.
prchaps too long, and, if shortened, you will save time, lines—two less than allotted. I will alter all Committed bul, I fear, a little of what I meant for sense also. objections, but I hope you won't permit Eliston to have
"With myriads of thanks, I am ever, &c. any voice whatever-except in speaking it." "My sixteenth edition of respects to Lady H. How one must laugh at all this! "I wish Murray, my publisher, to print off some
LETTER CXLI. sopies as soon as your lordship returns to town—it will
TO MR. MURRAY. ensure correctness in the papers afterward."
" High-street, Cheltenham, Sept. 5, 1812. * Pray have the goodness to send those despatches
and a No. of the Edinburgh Review with the rest. I LETTER CXXXIX.
hope you have written to Mr. Thompson, thanked him
in my name for his present, and told him that I shall be 4 Far be from him that hour which asks in vain
truly happy to comply with his request. How do you Teen such as flow for Garrick in his strain;
go on? and when is the graven image, with days and
wicked rhyme upon ''to grace, or disgrace, some of our Far be that hour that vainly asks in turn cround his
tardy editions ? Such verse for him as wept o'er Garrick's urn.
“Send me 'Rokeby.' Who the devil is he?--no mat"Sept. 30, 1812.
ter, he has good connexions, and will be well introduceú. "Will you choose between these added to the lines
thank you for your inquiries: I am so so, but my on Sheridan?* I think they will wind up the panegyric, will you give me or mine for a poem of six Cantos, (when
thermometer is sadly below the poetical point. What and agree with the train of thought preceding them.
“Now, one word as to the Committee-how could complete--no rhyme, no recompense,) as like the last two they resolve on a rough copy of an Address never sent
as i can make them? I have some ideas that one day in, unless you had been good enough to retain in
may be imbodied, and till winter I shall have much memory,
leisure. or on paper, the thing they have been good enough to adopt? By-the-by, the circumstances of the case should
"P.S. My last question is in the true style of Grubmake the Committee less ‘avidus gloriæ,' for all praise street; but, like Jeremy Diddler, I only ask for informof them would look plaguy suspicious. If necessary to
ation. Send me Adair on Diet and Regimen, just rebe stated at all, the simple facts bear them out. They published by Ridgway.” surely had a right to act as they pleased. My sole object is one which, I trust, my whole conduct has shown;
LETTER CXLII. viz. that I did nothing insidious-sent in no Address whatever—but, when applied to, did my best for them and myself; but above all, that there was no undue partial
“Cheltenham, Sept. 14, 1812. ity, which will be what the rejected will endeavour to
« The parcels contained some letters and verses, all make out. Fortunately-most fortunately—I sent in no (but one) anonymous and complimentary, and very knes on the occasion. For I am sure that had they, in anxious for my conversion from certain infidelities into that case, been preferred, it would have been asserted which my good-natured correspondents conceive me to that I was known, and owed the preference to private have fallen. The books were presents of a convertible friendship. This is what we shall probably have to en- kind. Also, 'Christian knowledge' and the 'Bioscope,' counter, but, if once spoken and approved, we sha’n’t be a religious Dial of Life explained ; and to the author of much embarrassed by their brilliant conjectures, and, as the former, (Cadell publisher,) I beg you will forward my to criticism, an old author, like an old bull , grows cooler best thanks for his letter
, his present, and, above all
, his (or ought) at every baiting.
good intentions. The 'Bioscope' contained a M$. The only thing would be to avoid a party on the copy of very excellent verses, from whom I know not, night of delivery-afterward, the more the better, and but evidently the composition of some one in the habit of the whole transaction inevitably tends to a good deal of writing, and of writing well. I do not know if he be the discussion. Murray tells me there are myriads of iron- author of the 'Bioscope' v hich accompanied them; but ical Addresses ready—some, in imitation of what is called whoever he is, it you can discover him, thank him from my style. If they are as good as the Probationary Odes, me most heartily. The other letters were from ladies, or Hawkins's Pipe of Tobacco, it will not be bad fun for who are welcome to convert me when they please ; and the imitated.
if I can discover them, and they be young, as they say "Ever, &c.” they are, I could convince them perhaps of my devotion.
I had also a letter from Mr. Walpole on matters of this
world, which I have answered. LETTER CXL.
"So you are Lucien's publisher ? I am promised an
interview with him, and think I shall ask you for a letter “ October 2, 1812.
of introduction, as the gods have made him poetical.
From whom could it come with a better grace than from A copy of this still altered is sent by the post, but this his publisher and mine? Is it not somewhat treasonablo will arrive first. It must be 'humbler'-"yet aspiring in you to have to do with a relative of the 'direful fve; does away the modesty, and, after all, truth is truth. Besides, there is a puff direct altered, to please your
as the Morning Post calls his brother? plaguy renters.
“But my book on 'Diet and Regimen,' where is it? I “I shall be at Tetbury by twelve or one—but send
thirst for Scott's Rokeby; let me have your first-begotten thus for you to ponder over. There are several little copy. The Antijacobin Review is al very well, and things marked thus / altered for your perusal. I have not a bit worse than the Quarterly, and at least Icss dismounted the cavalry, and, I hope, arranged to your want all the Reviews, at least the critiques, quarterly,
harmless. By the by, have you secured my books? I general satisfaction,
monthly, &c. Portuguese and English, extracted, and
"Ever, &c. * At Tetbury by noon.
bound up in one volume for my old age; and pray, sort I hope, after it is sent, there wul be no more elisions. It is not now so long -78 Hobhouse—he has had them now a long time. If any
my Romaic books, and get the volumes lent to Mr. • These added lines, as may be seen by reference to the printed Ad
thing occurs, you will favour me with a line, and in win. dress, ten not retained.
ter we shall be nearer neighbours.
TO LORD HOLLAND.
TO MR. WILLIAM BANKES
TO MR. MURRAY.
"P.S. I was applied to, to write the Address for terial watchword, and all will go well with you. I hope Drury-lane, but the moment I heard of the contest, I you will speak more frequently, I am sure at least you gave up the idea of contending against all Grub-street, ought, and it will be expected. I see Portman weatu and threw a few thoughts on the subject into the fire. to stand again. Good night. I did this out of respect to you, being sure you would
* Ever yours most affectionately, nave turned off any of your authors who had entered
* Νωαιρων." the lists with such scurvy competitors. To triumph would have been no glory; and to have been defeated
LETTER CXLIV. -'sdeath!- I would have choked myself, like Otway,
TO MR. MURRAY. with a quartern loaf; so, remember I had, and have, nothing to do with it, upon my honour !"
«Cheltenham, Sept. 27, 1812. "I sent in no Address whatever to the Committeo,
but out of nearly one hundred, (this is confidential,) LETTER CXLIII.
none have been deemed worth acceptance; and in con
sequence of their subsequent application to me, I havo “Cheltenham, Sept. 28, 1812. written a prologue, which has been received, and will
be spoken. The KIS. is now in the hands of l.ord Holo * MY DEAR BANKES,
land. “When you point out to one how people can be intimate at the distance of some seventy leagues, I will ceived by the audience) you will publish it in the ne
"I write this merely to say, that (however it is rew plead guilty to your charge, and accept your farewell, edition of Childe Harold; and I only beg you at present but not wittingly, till you give me some better reason than
to keep my name secret till you hear farther from me my silence, which merely proceeded from a notion
and as soon as possible I wish you to have a correct founded on your own declaration of old, that you hated
copy, to do with as you think writing and receiving letters. Besides, how was I to
"P.S. I should wish a few copies printed off before find out a man of many residences? If I had addressed
that the newspaper copies may be correct after the vou, now, it had been to your borough, where I must
delivery." have conjectured you were among your constituents. So now, in despite of Mr. N. and Lady W. you shall be as 'much better' as the Hexham post-office will allow
LETTER CXLV. me to make you. I do assure you I am much indebted to you for thinking of me at all, and can't spare you even from among the superabundance of friends with
“Cheltenham, Oct. 12, 1812. whom you suppose me surrounded.
“I have a very strong objection to the engraving of “ You heard that Newstead* is sold—the sum the portrait
, and request that it may, on no account
, be £140,000; sixty to remain in mortgage on the estate for prefixed; but let all the proofs be burned, and the plate three years, paying interest, of course. Rochdale is broken. I will be at the expense which has been inalso likely to do well—so my worldly matters are mend- curred; it is but fair that I should, since I cannot pering. I have been here some time drinking the waters, mit the publication. I beg, as a particular favour, that 6 mply because there are waters to drink, and they are you will lose no time in having this done, for which I very medicinal, and sufficiently disgusting. In a few have reasons that I will state when I see you. For. days I set out for Lord Jersey's, but return here, where give all the trouble I have occasioned you. I am quite alone, go out very little, and enjoy in its full
“I have received no account of the reception of the est extent the "dolce far niente.' 'What you are aboui, Address, but see it is vituperated in the papers, which I cannot guess, even from your date; not dancing to does not much embarrass an old author. I leave it to the sound of the gitourney the Halls of the Lowthers? your own judgment to add it, or not, to your next edione of whom is here, ill, poor thing, with a phthisic. I tion when required. Pray comply strictly with my heard that you passed through here (at the sordid inn wishes as to the engraving, and believe me, &c. where I first alighted) the very day before I arrived in
"P.S. Favour me with an answer, as I shall not bo these parts. We had a very pleasant set here; at first easy till I hear that the proofs, &c. are destroyed. I hear the Jerseys, Melbournes, Cowpers, and Hollands, but that the Satirist has reviewed Childe Harold, in what all gone; and the only persons I know are the Raw- manner I need not ask; but I wish to know if the old dons and Oxfords, with some later acquaintances of less personalities are revived ? I have a better reason for brilliant descent.
asking this than any that merely concerns myself; bus " But I do not trouble them much; and as for your in publications of that kind, others, particularly female rooms and your assemblies, 'they are not dreamed of in names, are sometimes introduced." our philosophy!! Did you read of a sad accident in the Wye t' other day? a dozen drowned, and Mr. Ros
LETTER CXLVI. soe, a corpulent gentleman, preserved by a boat-hook or an eel-spear, begged, when he heard his wife was saved-no-lost-to be thrown in again!!-as if he
* Cheltenham, Oct. 14, 1812. could not have thrown himself in, had he wished it; but
“MY DEAR LORD, this passes for a trait of sensibility. What strange "I perceive that the papers, yea, even Perry's, ale beings men are, in and out of the Wye!
somewhat ruffled at the injudicious preference of the “ I have to ask you a thousand pardons for not fulfill Committee. My friend Perry has, indeed, et tu Brute'-d ing some orders before I left town; but if you knew all me rather scurvily, for which I will send him, for the the cursed entanglements I had to wade through, it M.C.f the next epigram I scribble, as a token of my world be unnecessary to beg your forgiveness. When full forgiveness. 11. Parliament (the new one) meet?-in sixty days, “Do the Committee mean to enter into no explanation on account of Ireland, I presume; the Irish election of their proceedings? You must see there is a leaning will demand a longer period for completion than the towards a charge of partiality. You will, at least, acqua constitutional allotment." Yours, of course is safe, and me of any great anxiety to push myself before so inany all your side of the question. Salamanca is the minis
A mode of signature he frequently adopted. + Tbe Morning Chmnicle, of which Mr Ferry was the proprionos.
TO LORD HOLLAND.
• The sale was afterwards cancelled.
TO MR. MURRAY.
TO MR. MURRAY.
ekler and better anonymous, to whom the twenty guineas "P.S. The editor of the Satirist ought to be thanked (which I take to be about two thousand pounds Bank for his revocation; it is done handsomely, after five currency) and the honour would have been equally wel- years' warfare." come. 'Honour,' I see, 'hath no skill in paragraphwriting. * I wish to know how it went off at the second reading,
LETTER CXLIX. und whether any one has had the grace to give it a glance of approbation. I have seen no paper but Perry's, and two Sunday ones. Perry is severe, and the
“Oct. 23, 1812. others silent. If, however, you and your Committee are “ Thanks, as usual. You go on boldly; but have a not now dissatisfied with your own judgmen's, I shall care of glutting the public, who have by this time had not much embarrass myself about the brilliant remarks enough of Childe Harold. "Waltzing'shall be prepared. of the journals. My own opinion upon it is what it It is rather above two hundred lines, with an introduce always was, perhaps pretty near that of the public, tory Letter to the Pubisher. I think of publishing, with
"Believe me, my dear lord, &c. &c. Childe Harold, the opening lines of the “Curse of Mi. "P.S. My best respects to Lady H. whose sfniles nerva,'* as far as the first speech of Pallas,-because will be very consolatory, even at this distance.” somo of the readers like that part better than any I have
ever written, and as it contains nothing to affect the
subject of the subsequent portion, it will find a place as LETTER CXLVII.
a Descriptive Fragment.
" The plate is broken? between ourselves, it was un
like the picture, and besides, upon the whole, the fron"Cheltenham, Oct. 18, 1812. tispiece of an author's visage is but a paltry exhibition. • Will you have the goodness to get this Parody of a Ai all events, this would have been no recommendation peculiar kind* (for all the first lines are Busby's entire) to the book. I am sure Sanders would not have survived inserted in several of the papers, (correctly, and copied the engraving. By-the-by, the picture may remain with surrectly; my hand is difficult,)-particularly the Morn- you or him (which you please) till my return. The one ing Chronicle? Tell Mr. Perry I forgive him all he has of two remaining copies is at your service till I can give said, and may say against my address, but he will allow you a better ; the other must be burned peremptorily. me to deal with the doctor-(audi alteram partem) and Again, do not forget that I have an account with you, nat betray me. I cannot think what has befallen Mr. and that this is included. I give you too much trouble to Perry, for of yore we were very good friends ;-but no allow you to incur erpense also. matter, only get this inserted.
" You best know how far this 'Address riot' will affect "I have a poem on Waltzing for you, of which I the future sale Childe Harold. I like the ime of make you a present; but it must be anonymous. It is 'Rejected Addresses' better and better. The other in the old style of English Bards and Scotch Reviewers. parody which Perry has received is mine also, (I be.
"P.S. With the next edition of Childe Harold you lieve.) It is Dr. Busby's speech versified. You are may print the first fifty or a hundred opening lines of the removing to Albemarle-street, I find, and I rejoice that Curse of Minerva,' down to the couplet beginning we shall be nearer neiglıbours. I am going to Lord " Mortal (t was thus she spake, &c.
Oxford's, but letters here will be forwarded. When at
leisure, all communications from you will be willingly Of course, the moment the Satire begins, there you will received by the humblest of your scribes. Did Mi stop, and the opening is the best part."
Ward write the review of Horne Tooke's Life in the
Quarterly? it is excellent."
"Cheltenham, Nov. 22, 1812. the kind since the Rolliad, and wish you had published
"On my return here from Lord Oxford's, I found your them. Tell the author 'I forgive him, were he twenty obliging note, and will thank you to retain the letters. times over a satirist; and think his imitations not at all and any other subsequent ones to the same address, till inferior to the famous ones of Hawkins Browne. He I arrive ia town to claim them, which will probably be must be a man of very lively wit, and less scurrilous in a few days. I have in charge a curious and very than wits often are: altogether, I very much admire the long MS. poem, written by Lord Brooke, (the friend of performance, and wish it all success. The Satirist has Sir Philip Sidney,) which I wish to submit to the inlaken a new tone, as you will see: we have now, I spection of Mr. Gifford, with the following queries :think, finished with Childe Harold's critics. I have in first, whether it has ever been published, and, secondiv hand a Satire on Waltzing,f which you must publish (if not,) whether it is worth publication? It is from anonymously; it is not long, not quite two hundred Lord Oxford's library, and must have escaped or been änes, but will make a very small boarded pamphlet. In overlooked among the MSS. of the Harleian Miscellany. a few days you shall have it.
The writing is Lord Brooke's, except a different hand
towards the close. It is very long, and in the six-line Among the Addresses sent in to the Drury-lane Committee was one stanza. It is not for me to hazard an opinion upon its By Dr. Buany, enkled a Monologue, of which the l'arody was enclosed in merits ; but I would take the liberty, if not too troublea letter. The frst four lines of the Doctor's Adilress are as follows:- some, to submit it to Mr. Gifford's judgment, whichi,
• When energizing objects men pursue,
from his excellent edition of Massinger, I should con. A magic Edince you here survey,
ceive to be as decisive on the writings of that age as on Shot from the ruins of the other day!' Which rernes are thus ridiculed in the Parody :
those of our own. " When energizing objects men pursue,
"Now for a less agreeable and important topic. The Lord knows what is writ by Lord knows who
How came Mr. Mac-Somebody, without consulting you A modest Munologue you hero survey
Hier'd from the theatre the other lay?" • Le Poems p. 414.
See Poems p. 441.
TO MR. MURRAY.
or me, to prefix the Address to his volume* of ' Dejected would like it, he can have the subatunce for his second Addresses?' Is not this somewhat larcenous? I think the edition ; if not, I shall add it to our next, though I think ceremony of leave might have been asked, though I have we already have enough of Lord Elgin. no objuction to the thing itself; and leave the hundred and “ What I have read of this work seems admirably leeven' to tire themselves with 'base comparisons.' I done. My praise, however, is not much worth the aushould think the inyenuous public tolerably sick of the thor's having; but you may thank him in my name for subjachand, except the Parodies, I have not interfered, his. The idea is new-we have excellent imitations of nor shall : indeed I did not know that Dr. Busby had the Satires, &c. by Pope ; but I remember but one imipublished his Apologetical Letter and Postscript, or I tative Ode in his works, and none any where else. I should have recalled them. But I confess I looked can hardly suppose that they have lost any fame by the upon his conduct in a different light before its appear- fate of the farce; but even should this be the case, the ance. I see some mountebank has taken Alderman present publication will again place them on their pinBirch's name to vituperate Dr. Busby; he had much nacle.
“Yours, &c." better have pilfered his pastry, which I should imagine the more valuable ingredient-at least for a puff.--Pray secure me a copy of Woodfall's new Junius, and believe
LETTER CLLI. me, &c.”
TO MR. ROGERS.
TO MR. WILLIAM BANKES.
"March 25, 1813. LETTER CLI.
" I enclose you a draft for the usurious interest due to Lord * *'s protégé ;-I also could wish you would state
thus much for me to his lordship. Though the transac
* December 26. tion speaks plainly in itself for the borrower's folly and *The multitude of your recommendations has already the lender's usury, it never was my intention to quash superseded my humble endeavours to be of use to you, the demand, as I legally might, nor to withhold payment and, indeed, most of my principal friends are returned. of principal, or, perhaps, even unlawful interest. You Leake from Joannina, Canning and Adair from the city know what my situation has been, and what it is. I have of the faithful, and at Smyrna no letter is necessary, as parted with an estate, (which has been in my family for the cousuls are always willing to do every thing for per nearly three hundred years, and was never disgraced by sinages of respectability. I have sent you three, one to being in possession of a lauyer, a churchman, or a woman Gibraltar, which, though of no great necessity, will, per- during that period,) to liquidate this and similar dehap; pui you on a more intimate footing with a very mands; and the payment of the purchase is still withpleasant family there. You will very soon find out that held, and may be, perhaps, for years. If, therefore, I am à Lan of any consequence has very little occasion for under the necessity of making those persons wait for any letters but to ministers and bankers, and of them their money, (which, considering the terms, they can you have already plenty, I will be sworn.
afford to suffer,) it is my misfortune. "It is by no means improbable, that I shall go in the
“When I arrived at majority in 1809, I offered my spring, and if you will fix any place of rendezzous about hown security on legal interest, and it was refused. August, I will write or join you.—When in Albania, 1 Now, I will not accede to this. This man I may have wish you would inquire after Dervise Tahiri and Vas- seen, but I have no recollection of the names of any par-cillie, (or Basil,) and make my respects to the viziers, ties but the agents and the securities. The moment 1 both there and in the Morca. If you mention my name can, it is assuredly my intention to pay my debts. This L0 Suleyman of Thebes, I think it will not hurt you; if I person's case may be a hard one; but, under all circumhad iny dragoman, or wrote Tutkiislı, I could have given stances, what is mine? I could not foresee that the you letters of real service; but to the English they are purchaser of my estate was to demur in paying for it. hardly requisite, and the Greeks themselves can be of "I am glad it happens to be in my power so far to little advantage. Liston you know already, and I do accommodate iny Israelite, and only wish I could do as not, as he was not then minister. Mind you visit Ephe- much for the rest of the Twelve T'ribes. sus and the Troad, and let me hear from you when you
"Ever yours, dear R. please. I believe G. Forresti is now at Yanina, but if
« Bs." not, whoever is there will be too happy to assist you. Be particular about firmauns; never allow yourself to be bullied, for you are better protected in Turkey than any
LETTER CLIV. where ; trust not the Greeks; and take some knicknack. eries for presents—watches, pistols, &c. &c. to the Beys and Pachas. If you find one Demetrius, at Athens or elsewhere, I can recommend him as a good dragoman.
« Westall has, I believe, agreed to illustrate your book,* I hope to join you, however; but you will find swarms of and I fancy one of the engravings will be from the preity
little girl you saw the other day, though without her English now in the Levant.
and merely as a model for some sketch cornected with the subject. I would also have the portrar: (which you saw to-day) of the friend who is mentioned in the
text at the close of Canto first, and in the notes, which LETTER CLII.
are subjects sufficient to authorize that addition."
TO MR. MURRAY.
« Believe me,
TO MR. MURRAY.
“February 20, 1813. Early in the spring he brought out anonymously, his "In 'Horace in London,' I perceive some stanzas on poem on Waltzing, which, though full of very lively Lord Elgin, in which (waiving the kind compliment to satire, fell so far short of what was now expected from myself,) I heartily concur. I wish I had the pleasure him by the public, that the disavowal of it, which as we
of Mr. Smith's acquaintance, as I could communicate see by the following letter, he thought right to put forth, the curious anecdote you read in Mr. T.'s letter. If he found ready credence.
• “The genuine Rejected_Addresses, presented to the Committee of Management for Drury-lane Theatre : preceded by that written by Lord Kyron and adopted by the Committee :'-published b# B. M Miau.
A new edition of Childe Harold,
Lady Charlotte Harley, to wbom, vnder the name of lantae, be wroductory lines to Childe Haruld were afterward addrested.
TO MR. MURRAY.
TO MR. MURRAY.
TO MR. MURRAY. " April 21, 1813.
“June 18, 1813. •1 shall be in town by Sunday next, and will call and
DEAR SIR, have some conversation on the subject of Westall's designs. I am to sit to him for a picture at the request of letter I ever received in my life, my sense of which I can
“Will you forward the enclosed answer to the kindest a friend of mine, and as Sanders's is not a good one, you neither express to Mr. Gifford himself nor to any one will probably prefer the other. I wish you to have else. Sanders's taken down and sent to my lodgings immediately-before my arrival. I hear that a ceriain mancious publication on Waltzing is attributed to me.
LETTER CLVIII. This report, I suppose, you will take care to contradict, as the author, I am sure, will not like that I should wear
TO W. GIFFORD, ESQ. his cap and bells. Mr. Hobhouse's quarto will be out
* June 18, 1813. immediately; pray send to the author for an early copy,
"MY DEAR SIR, which I wish to take abroad with me.
"I feel greatly at a loss how to write to you at all*P.S. I see the Examiner threatens some observa- still more to thank you as I ought. If you knew the tions upon you next week. What can you have done veneration with which I have ever regarded you, long to share the wrath which has heretofore been principally before I had the most distant prospect of becoming your expended upon the Prince? I presume all your acquaintance, literary or personal, my embarrassment Senbleri will be drawn up in battle array in defence of would not surprise you. the modern Tonson-Mr. Bucke, for instance.
"Any suggestion of yours, even were it conveyed in * Send in my account to Bennet-street, as I wish to the less tender shape of the text of the Baviad, or a Bettle it before sailing."
Monk Mason note in Massinger, would have been obeyed; I should have endeavoured to improve myself
by your censure: judge then if I should be less willing LETTER CLVI.
to profit by your kindness. It is not for me to bandy compliments with my elders and my betters: I receive
your approbation with gratitude, and will not return my “Maidenhead, June 13, 1813. brass for your gold, by expressing more fully those sen
I have read the 'Strictures,'* which are timents of admiration, which, however sincere, would, I just enough, and not grossly abusive, in very fair cou-know, be unwelcome. plets. There is a note against Massinger near the end, “To your advice on religious topics, I shall equally and one cannot quarrel with one's company, at any rate. attend. Perhaps the best way will be by avoiding them The author detects some incongruous figures in a pas- altogether. The already published objectionable passage of English Bards, page 23, but which edition I do sages have been much commented upon, but certainly not know. In the sole copy in your possession-I mean have been rather strongly interpreted. I am no bigot to the Afth edition-you may make these alterations, that I infidelity, and did not expect that, because I doubted the may profit (though a little too late) by his remarks:- immortality of man, I should be charged with denying For óhellish instinct,' substitute 'brutal instinct.;' harpies' the existence of a God It was the comparative insigo alter to 'felons,' and for "blood-hounds' write 'hell- nificance of ourselves and our world, when placed in trunds." These be very bitter words, by my troth, comparison with the nighty whole, of which it is an and the alterations not much sweeter ; but as I shall not atom, that first led me to imagine that our pretensions publish the thing, they can do no harm, but are a satis- to eternity might be overrated. faction to me in the way of amendment. The passage “ This, and being early disgusted with a Calvinistic is only twelve lines.
Scotch school, when I was cudgelled to church, for the * You do not answer me about H.'s book; I want to first ten years of my life, afflicted me with this malady; write to him, and not to say any thing unpleasing. If for, after all, it is, I believe, a disease of the mind as pou direct to Post-office, Portsmouth, till called for, I much as other kinds of hypochondria.” will send and receive your letter. You never told me of the forthcoming critique on Columbus, which is not Loo fair; and I do not think justice quite done to the Pleasures, I which surely entitle the author to a higher
LETTER CLIX. rank than that assigned him in the Quarterly. But I must not cavil at the decisions of the invisible infallibles ; and the article is very well written. The general hor
“ June 22, 1813. ror of' fragments' makes me tremulous for the 'Giaour;' but you would publish it—I presume, by this time to your cene,' whose politics are sadly changed. She is for tho
“ Yesterday I dined in company with '* *, the Epirepentance. But as I consented, whatever be its fate, I won't now quarrel with you, even though I detect it in Lord of Israel and the Lord of Liverpool—a vile antimy pastry; but I shall noi open a pie without apprehen-thesis of a Methodist and a Tory-talks of nothing but sion for some weeks.
devotion and the ministry, and, I presume, expects that * The books which may be marked G. O. I will carry
God and the government will help her to a pension. out. Do you know Clarke's Naufragia? I am told that he asserts the first volume of Robinson Crusoe was
“Murray, the avaš of publishers, the Anac of stationwritten by the first Lord Oxford, when in the Tower, ers, has a design upon you in the paper line. He wants and given by him to Defoe; if true, it is a curious anec- you to become the staple and stipendiary editor of a dote. Have you got back Lord Brooke's MS.? and periodical work. What say you?' Will you be bound, what does Heber say of it? Write to me at Portsmouth. like 'Kit Smart, to write for ninety-nine years in the
Universal Visiter ?' Seriously, he talks of hundreds a
and, I am very sure, will be to our pleasure. . On the Satire, by Mr. Crove.
See English Bards. 1 Poems, by Mr. Rogers.
" I don't know what to say about 'friendship.' I never
TO MR. MOORE.