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TO MR. MOORE.

existence I was ever, at home or abroad, in a situation so in the mean time I shall merely request a suspension of completely uprooting of present pleasure, or rational hope opinion. Your prefatory letter to · Rimini' I accepted as for the future, as this same. I say this, because I think so, it was meant, as a public compliment and a private kind and feel it. But I shall not sink under it the more for that ners. I am only sorry that it may perhaps operate agains mode of considering the question. I have made up my you as an inducernent, and, with some, a pretext for attack mind.

on the part of the political and personal enemies of both, * By-the-way, however, you must not belie all you not that this can be of much consequence, for ir the end hear on the subject; and do n't attempt to defend me. If the work must be judged by its merils, and, in that respect, you succeeded in that, it would be a morial, or an iinmortal you are well armed. Murray tells me it is going on well

, offence—who can bear refutation? I have but a very short and, you may depend upon it, there is a substratum of Answer for those whom it concerns; and all the activity of poetry, which is a foundation for solid and durable fame. myself and some vigorous friends have not yet fixed on any The objections (if there be objections, for this is a pretangible ground or personage, on which or with whom I can sumption, and not an assumption) will be merely as to the discuss matters in a summary way, with a fair pretext; mechanical part, and such, as I stated before, the usual though I nearly had nailed one yesterday, but he evaded by consequences of either novelty or revival. I desired Murwhat was judged by others-a satisfactory explanation. ray to forward to you a pamphlet with two things of mine I speak of circuns-against whom I have no enmity, in it

, the most part of both of them, and of one in particular (hongh I must act according to the common code of usage, written before others of my composing, which have preceded when I hit upon those of the serious order.

them in publication; they are neither of them of much "Now for other matters—Poesy, for instance. Leigh pretension, nor intended for it. You will perhaps wonder Hunt's poem is a devilish good onemquaint, here and there, at my dwelling so much and so frequently on former sub but with the substratum of originality, and with poetryjects and scenes; but the fact is, that I found them fading about it that will stand the test. I do not say this because fast from my memory; and I was, at the same time, so he has inscribed it to me, which I am sorry for, as I should partial to their place, (and events connected with it,) that otherwise have begged you to review it in the Edinburgh. I have stamped them while I could, in such colours as ! It is really deserving of much praise, and a favourable could trust to now, but might have confused and misapplied critique in the E. R. would but do it justice, and set it up hereafter, had I longer delayed the attempted delineation' before the public eye where it ought to be.

“How are you? and where? I have not the most distant idea what I am going to do myself, or with myself-or

LETTER CCXCI. where-or what. I had, a few weeks ago, some things to say, that would have made you laugh; but they tell me now that I must not laugh, and so I have been very serious

"March 8, 1816. -and am.

"I rejoice in your promotion as Chairman and Chari"I have not been very well with a liver complaint—but table Steward, &c. &c. These be dignities which await am much better within the last fortnight, though still under only the virtuous. But then, recolleci, you are sir-andlatrical advice. I have latterly seen a little of

* thirty, (I speak this enviously--not of your age, but the

'honour-love-obedience—iroops of friends, which ac* I must go and dress to dine. My little girl is in the company it,) and I have eight years good to run before I country, and, they tell me, is a very fine child, and now

arrive at such hoary perfection; by which time,—if I am at nearly three months old. Lady Noel (mny mother-in-law, all, -it will probably be in a state of grace or progressing

merits. or rather, at law) is at present overlooking it. Her daughter (Miss Milbanko that was) is, I believe, in London with

"I must set you right in one point, however. The fauit her father. A Mrs. Charlmont,* (now a kind of house-was no-no, nor even the misfortune, -in my "choice keeper and spy of Lady N.'s) who, in her better days, was

(unless in choosing at all)—for 1 do not believe, and I must a washerwoman, is supposed to be-by the learned very say it, in the very dregs of all this bitter business that there much the occult cause of our late domestic discrepancies.

ever was a better, or even a brighter, a kinder, or a more. * In all this business, I am the sorriest for Sir Ralph. amiable and agreeable being than Lady B. I never had, He and I are equally punished, though magis pares quem

nor can have, any reproach to make her, while with me. siniles in our affliction. Yet it is hard for both to suffer Where there is blame, it belongs to myself; and, if I cannot for the fault of one, and so it is—I shall be separated from redeem, I must bear it. my wife ; he will retain bis.

"Ever, &c."

“Her nearest relatives are a **** -my circumstances have been and are in a state of great confusion-my health

has been a good deal disordered, and my mind ill at ease LETTER CCXC.

for a considerable period. Such are the causes (I do not

name them as excuses) which have frequently driven me “Feb. 26, 1816.

into excess, and disqualified my temper for comfort. Some

thing also may be attributed to the strange and desuitory * Your letter would have been answered before, had I

habits which, becoming my own master at an early age nut thought it probable that, as you were in town for a day have induced. I still, however, think that, if I had had a

and scrambling about, over and through the world, may or so, I should have seen you;-1 do n't mean this as a hint al reproach for not calling, but merely that of course I

fair chance, by being placed in even a tolerable situation, I should have been very glad if you had called in your way there is nothing more to be said. At present—except my

might have gone on fairly. But that seems hopeless, and home or abroad, as I always would have been, and always health, which is better (it is odd, but agitation or contest of shall be. With regard to the circumstances to which allude, there is no reason why you should not speak openly any kind gives a rebound to my spirits and sets me up for to me on a subject already sufficiently rise in the mouths the time)-I have to battle with all kinds of unpleasantand minds of what is called the world.' Of the 'fifty re

nesses, including private and pecuniary difficulties, &c. &c. ports' it follows that forty-nine must have more or less risk repeating it. It is nothing to bear the privations of

"I believe I may have said this before to you, -but I error and exaggeration; but I am sorry to say, that on the main and essential point of an intended, and it may be, an from its indignitics. However

, I lrave no quarrel with that

adversity, or, more properly, ill fortune; but my pride rerils inevitable separation, I can contradict none. At present I shell say no more, but this is not from want of confidence, thing." If my heart could have been broken, it would havo

same pride, which will, I think, buckler me through every • Mn. Charlmout. See Poems, p. 195

been so years ago, and by events more attlicting than thiese

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TO MR. HUNT.

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TO MR, MURRAY.

'I agree with you (to turn from this topic to our shop) that I was glad to do as Mackintosh and you suggested that I have written too much. The last things were, how about Mr. **. It occurs to me now, that ss I have never ever, published very reluctantly by me, and for reasons I seen Mr. ** but once, and consequentiy have no claim to will explain when we meet. I know not why I have dwelt bis acquaintance, that you or Sir J, had better arrange it so much on the same scenes, except that I find them fading, with him in such a manner as may be least offensive to his or confusing (if such a word may be) in my memory, in feelings, and so as not to have the appearance of officious the midst of present turbulence and pressure, and I felt ness nor obtrusion on my part. I hope you will be able to anxious to stamp before the die was worn out. I now do this, as I should be very sorry to do any thing by him break it. With those countries, and events connected with that may be deemed indelicate. The sum Murray offered them, all my really poetical feelings begin and end. Were and offers was and is one thousand and fifty pounds: this I to try, I could make nothing of any other subject, and I refused before, because I thought it more than the two that I have apparently exhausted. "Wo to him,' says things were worth to Murray, and from other objections, Voltaire, 'who says all he could say on any subject.' which are of no consequence. I have, however, closer There are some on which, perhaps, I could have said still with M. in consequence of Sir J.'s and your suggestion, more: but I leave them all, and not too soon.

and propose the sum of six hundred pounds to be trans"Do you remember the lines I sent you early last year, ferred to Mr. * * in such manner as may seem best to which you still have? I do n't wish (like Mr. Fitzgerald, your friend,—the remainder I think of for other purposes. in the Morning Post) to claim the character of Vates' in "As Murray has offered the money down for the copy. all its translations; but were they not a little prophetic? I rights, it may be done directly. I am ready to sign and mean those beginning "There's not a joy the world can,'* seal immediately, and perhaps it had better not be delayed. &c. &c. on which I rather pique myself as being the truest, I shall feel very glad if it can be of any use to * *; only dough the most melancholy, I ever wrote.

do n't let him be plagued, nor think himself obliged and all "What a scrawi have I sent you! You say nothing of that, which makes people hate one another, &c. yourself, except that you are a Lancasterian churchwarden,

"Yours, very truly, and an encourager of mendicants. When are you out? and how is your family? My child is very well and fou ishing, I hear; but I must see also. I feel no disposi

LETTER CCXCIV. tion to resign it to the contagion of its gramlı other's society, though I am unwilling to take it from the mother. It is weaned, however, and something about it must be decided.

“Feb. 22, 1816. "Ever, &c."

“When the sum offered by you, and even pressed by you, was declined, it was with reference to a separate

publication, as you know and I know. That it was largo, (The letter that follows was in answer to one received I admitted and admit; and that made part of my conside from Mr. Murray, in which he had enclosed him a draftration in refusing it, till I knew better what you were likely for a thousand guineas for the copyright of his two Poems, to make of it. With regard to what is past, or is to pass the Siege of Corinth and Parisina.)

about Mr. **, the case is in no respect different from the

transfer of former copyrights to Mr. Dallas. Had I taken LETTER CCXCII.

you at your word, that is, taken your money, I might have TO MR. MURRAY.

used it as I pleased ; and it could be in no respect different Jan. 2, 1816.

to you whether I paid it to a w, or a hospital, or assisted "Your offer is liberal in the extreme, (you see use the a man of talent in distress. The truth of the matter word to you and of you, though I would not consent to your I said so, and I think so; but you know, or at least ought to

seems this: you offered more than the poems are worth, using it of yourself to Mr. ****,) and much more than the two poems can possibly be worth ; but I cannot accept know, your own business best; and when you recollect is nor will not. You are most welcome to them as addi- what passed between you and me upon pecuniary subjects tions to the collected volumes, without any demand or

before this occurred, you will acquit me of any wish to like expectation on my part whatever. But I cannot consent

advantage of your imprudence. to their separate publication. I do not like to risk any there is an end of the matter.

"The things in question shall not be published at all, and fame ( whether merited or not) which I have been favoured

"Yours, &c." with, upon compositions which I do not feel to be at all equal to my own notions of what they should be, (and as I flatter miself some have been, here and there,) though

LETTER CCXCV. they may do very well as things without pretension, to add to the publication with the lighter pieces.

*March 6, 1816. "I ain very glad that the handwriting was a favourable men of the morale of the piece: but you must not trust to

“I sent to you to-day for this reason—the books you that, for my copyist would write out any thing I desired in purchased are again seized, and, as matters stand, had mudo all the ignorance of innocence-I hope, however, in this better be sold at once by public auctiou. I wish to sce instance, with no great peril to either. “P. s. I have enclosed your draft torn, for fear of acci- neviher due nor paid. That part, as far as you are con

yon, to return your bill for them; which, thank Gord, is dents by the way I wish you would not throw temptation cerned, being settled, (which it can be, and shall be, when in mine. It is not from a disdain of the universal idol not I see you 10-morrow,) I have no further delicacy about the from a present superfluity of his treasures, I can assure matter. This is about the tenth execution in as many you, thai I refuse to worship him; but what is right is right, months; so I am pretty well hardened ; but it is fi I should and must not yield to circumstances."

pay the forfeit of my forefather's extravagance and my

own; and whatever iny faults may be, I suppose they will LETTER CCXCIII. be pretty well expiated in timeur eternity.

“Ever, &c. TO MR. ROGERS.

*P. S. I need hardly say that I knew nothing till thus

*Feb. 20, 1816. day of the new seizure. I had released them from forma *I wrote to you hastily this morning by Murray, to say ones, and thought, when you took them, that they were

yours. • See Poems, p. 194,

"You shal have your bill again to-morrow."

TO MR. MURRAY.

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TO MR. MURRAY.

TO MR. MURRAY.

TO MR. MURRAY.

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LETTER CCXCVI.

in what is called intimacy, and have heard me at times

conversing on the untoward topic of my rocent famup “Feb. 3, 1816.

disquietudes. Will you have the goodness to say to me at I sent for ‘Marmion,' which I return, because it'occurred once, whether you ever heard me speak of her with du to me , there might be a resemblance between part of 'Pa- respect

, with unkindness, or defending myself at her expense risina' and a similar scene in Canto 2 of Marmion. I fear by any serious imputation of any description against her? there is, though I never thought of it before, and could hardly

Did you never hear me say, 'that when there was a righe wish to imitate that which is inimitable. I wish you would or a wrong, she had the right?—The reason I put those ask Mr. Gifford whether I ought to say any thing upon it; said

, by her and hers, to have resorted to such means or

questions to you or others of my friends is, because I am - I had completed the story on the passage from Gibbon, which indeed leads to a like scene naturally, without a

exculpation. “Ever very truly yours, "B." thought of the kind: but it comes upon me not very comfortably. “There are a few words and phrases I want to alter in

LETTER CCXCIX. the MS. and should like to do it before you print, and will return it in an hour.

"Yours ever."

"Ouchy, near Lausanne, June 27, 1816 "I am thus far (kepi by stress of weather) on my way

back to Diodai, (near Geneva,) from a voyage in my boat LETTER CCXCVII.

round the lake; and I enclose you a sprig of Gibbon's

acacia and some rose leaves from his garden, which, with “Feb. 20, 1816. part of his house, I have just seen. You will find honour

able mention, in his Life, made of this 'acacia,' when he * To return to our business—your epistles are vastly walked out on the night of concluding his history. The igreeable. With regard to the observations on careless- garden and memmer house, where he composed, are neness, &c. I think, with all humility, that the gentle reader glected, and the last utterly decayed; but they still show it has considered a rather uncommon, and designedly irregu- as his 'cabinet,' and seem perfecuy aware of his memory. lar, versification for haste and negligence. The measure "My roule, through Flanders, and by the Rhine, to Switis not that of any of the other poems, which (I believe) zerland, was all I expected and more. were allowed to be tolerably correct, according to Bysshe "I have traversed all Rousseau's ground, with the Heloise and the fingers or ears—by which bards write,

and readers before me, and am struck to a degree that I cannot express reckon. Great part of the 'Siege' is in (I think) what the with the force and accuracy of his descriptions, and the learned called Anapests, (though I am not sure, being beauty of their reality. Meillerie, Clarens and Vevay, and heinously forgetful of my metres and my : Gradus',) and the Chateau de Chillon, are places of which I shall say many of the lines intentionally longer or shorter than its little, because all I could say must fall short of the impresrhyming companion; and rhyme also occurring at greater sions they stamp.* or less intervals of caprice or convenience.

" Three days ago, we were nearly wrecked in a squall "I mean not to say that this is right or good, but merely off Meillerie, and driven to shore. I ran no risk, being hat I could have been smoother, had it appeared to me of so near the rocks, and a good swimmer; but our party advantage; and that I was not otherwise without being were wet, and incommoded a good deal. The wind was aware of the deviation, though I now feel sorry for it, as i strong enough to blow down some trees, as we found at would undoubtedly rather please than not. My wish has landing; however, all is righted and right, and we are thus been to try at something different froin my former efforts; far on our return. as I endeavoued to make them differ from each other. “Dr. Polidori is not here, but at Diodati, left behind in The versification of the 'Corsair' is not that of 'Lara;' nor the hospital with a sprained ankle, which he acquired in the 'Giaour' that of the ‘Bride: 'Childe Harold' is again Lumbling from a wall-he can't jump. varied from these; and I strove to vary the last somewhat "I shall be glad to hear you are well, and have received from all of the others.

for me certain helms and swords, sent from Waterloo “Excuse all this d-d nonsense and egotism. The fact which I rode over with pain and pleasure. is, that I am rather trying to think on the subject of this “I have finished a third Canto of Childe Harold, (connote, than really thinking on it.-I did not know you had sisting of one hundred and seventeen stanzas,) longer than called: you are always admitted and welcome when you either of the two former, and in some parts

, it may be choose.

"Yours, &c. &c. better; but of course on that I cannot determine. I shall P. S. You need not be in any apprehension or grief on send it by the first safe-looking opportunity. my account: were I to be beaten down by the world and

"Ever, &c." its inheritors, I should have succumbed to many things years ago. You must not mistake my not bullying for dejection; nor imagine that because I feel I am to faint:

LETTER CCC. but enough for the present.

"I am sorry for Sotheby's row. What the devil is it about? I thought it all settled; and if I can do any thing

a Diodati, near Geneva, July 22, 1816. about him or Ivan still, I am ready and willing. I do not

"I wrote to you a few weeks ago, and Dr. Polidori thunk it proper for me just now to be much behind the received your letter; but the packet has not made its scenes, but I will see the committee and move upon it, if appearance, nor the epistle

, of which you gave notice Sotheby likes.

therein. I enclose you an advertisement, which was "If you see Mr. Sotheby, will you tell him that I wrute copied by Dr. Polidori

, and which appears to be about the to Mr. Coleridge, on getting Mr. Sotheby's note, and liave, most impudent imposition that ever issued from Grub

street. I hope, clone what Mr. S. wished on that subject ?'

I need hardly say that I know nothing of all this

TO MR. MURRAY.

• See notes to & Canto of Childe Harold.

1 The following was the advertisernent enclosed : LETTER CCXCVIII.

"Neatly printed and hot-pressed, 28. 60.

" Lord Byron's Farewell to England, with three other poems -Ode to TO MR. ROGERS.

St. Helena, to My Daughter on her Birthday, and to the Lily of Franch

"Printed hy J. Johnston, Cheapside, 335; Oxford, 9. “March 25, 1816. " The above beautiful Poems will be read with the most livels interest,

as it is probable they will be the last of the author's that will apear it You are one of the few persons with whom I•have lived l England."'--{They were written by a Mr.

John A88)

TO MR. MURRAY.

trast, nor whence it may spring-Odes to St. Helena,'— navigated the Lake, and go to Chamouni with the first four "Farewells to England,' &c. &c.—and if it can be dis- weather; but really we have had lately such stupid miste, avowed, or is worth disavowing, you have full autho.ity to fogs, and perpetual density, that one would think Castie no so. I never wrote, nor conceived, a line on any thing reagh had the Foreign Affairs of the kingdom of Heaven of the kind, any more than of two other things with which also on his hands. I need say nothing to you of these I was saddled something about 'Gaul' and another about parts, you having traversed them already. I do not think •Mrs. La Valette - and as to the 'Lily of France,' I should of Italy before September. I have read Glenarvon, and as soon think of celebrating a turnip. 'On the morning of have also seen Ben. Constant's Adolphe, and his preface, my daughter's birth,' I had other things to think of than denying the real people. It is a work which leaves an sérses; and should never have dreamed of such an inven- unpleasant impression, but very consistent with the consctin, till Mr. Johnston and his pamphlet's advertisement quences of not being in love, which is perhaps as disagroa broke in upon me with a new light on the crafts and subtle-able as any thing, except being so. I doubt, however, ties of the demon of printing, or rather publishing. whether all such liens (as he calls them) terminate so

• I did hope that sodie succeeding lie would have super-wretchedly as his hero and heroine's. seded the thousand and one which were accumulated " There is a third Canto (a longer than either of the during last winter. I can forgive whatever may be said of former) of Childe Harold finished, and some smaller things or against me, but not what they make me say or sing for -among them a story on the Chateau de Chillon; I only myself

. It is enough to answer for what I have written; wait a good opportunity to transmit them to the grand but it were too much fur Job himself to bear what one has Murray, who, I hope, tlourishes. Where is Moore? Why Dot. I suspect that when the Arab patriarch wished that is he not out? My love to him, and my perfect considen his 'enemy had written a book," he did not anticipate his ration and remembrances to all, particularly to Lord and own name on the title-page. I feel quite as much bored Lady Holland, and to your Dutchess of Somerset. with this foolery as it deserves, and more than I should be

"Ever, &c. if I had not a headach.

"P.S. I send you a fac simile, a note of Bonstetten's, “Of Glenarvon,* Madame de Staël told me (ten days thinking you might like to see the hand of Gray's corro. ago at Copet) marvellous and grievous things; but I have spondeni." seen nothing of it but the motto, which promises amiably for us and for our tragedy. If such be the posy, what should !he ring be?-a name to all succeeding,'&c. The

LETTER CCCII. generous moment selected for the publication is probably its kindest accompaniment, and-truth to say—the time

"Diodati, Sept. 29, 1816. was well chosen. I have not even a guess at the contents,

"I am very much flattered by Mr. Gifford's good opinion except from the very vague accounts I have heard.

of the MSS.* and shall be still more so, if it answers you expectations and justifies his kindness. I liked it mysell

, but that must go for nothing. The feelings with which "I ought to be ashamed of the egotism of this letter. It

most of it was written need not be envied me. With not my fault altogether, and I shall be but too happy to regard to the price, I fixed none, but left it to Mr. Kinnaird, drop the subject, when others will allow me!

Mr. Shelley, and yourself

, to arrange. Of course, they "I am in tolerable plight, and in my last letter told you

vould do their best ; and as to yourself

, I knew you would what I had done in the way of all rhyme. I trust that you make no difficulties. But I'egter with Mr. Kinnaira prosper, and that your authors are in good condition. I should suppose your stud has received some increase by conditional; and for my own sake, I wish it to be added

perfectly, that the coicluding five hour dred should be only what I hear. Bertrams must be a good horse; does he only in case of your selling a certain number, that number nu next meeting? I hope you will beat the Row.

to be fixed by yourself. I hope this is fair. In every thing “Yours alway, &c."

of this kind there must be risk; and till that be past, in one way or the other, I would not willingly add to it, particularly

in times like the present. And pray always recollect that LETTER CCCI.

nothing could mortify me more–no failure on my own part

-than having made you lose by any purchase from me. "Diodati, near Geneva, July 29, 1816.

"The Monodyt was written by request of Mr. Kinnaird

for the theatre. I did as well as I could ; but where I have *Do you recollect a book, Mathieson's Letters, which au lent me, which I have still, and yet hope to return to Hobhouse and myself are just returned from a journey of

not my choice, 1 pretend to answer for nothing. Mr. your library? Well, I have encountered at Copet and lakes and mountains. We have been to the Grindelwald, elsewhere Grays correspondent

, that same Bonstetten, to and the Jungfrau, and stood on the summit of the Wengen whom I lent the translation of his correspondent's epistles Alp; and seen torrents of nine hundred feet in fall

, and for a few days; but all he could remember of Gray amounts to litte, except that he was the most 'melancholy and glaciers of all dimensions; we have heard shepherd's pipes,

and avalanches, and looked on the clouds foaming up from gentlemanlike' of all possible poets. Bonstetten himself is å fine and very lively old man, and much esteemed by his Chamouni, and that which it inherits

, we saw a month

the valleys below like the spray of the ocean of hell. compatriots; he is also a littérateur of good repute, and all his friends have a mania of addressing to him volumes of wildness to the Jungfrau, the Eighers, the Shreckhorn, and

ago; but, though Mont Blanc is higher, it is not equal in letters-Mathieson, Muller the historian, &c. &c. He is

the Rose Glaciers. a good deal at Copet, where I have met him a few times. All there are well except Rocca, who, I am sorry to say, this month infested with bandits, but we must take our

"We set off for Italy next week. The road is within oks in a very bad state of health. Schlegel is in high chance and such precautions as are :equisite. Esrce, and Madame as brilliant as ever.

"Ever, &c. "I came here by the Netherlands and the Rhine route, and Basle, Beme, Moral, and Lausanne. I have circum

"P. S. My best remembrances to Mr. Gifford. Pray say all that can be said from me to him.

"I am sorry that Mr. Maturin did not like Phillips A Novel, by Lady Caroline Lamb: Lord Byron, under another name, picture. I thought it was reckoned a good one. If ne had Voere of its p.incipal characters. 1 The mollis " He left a name to all succeeding times,

• 3d .. Link'd with one virtue and a thousand crimes."

+ On the death of heridan, "Poems, p. 180. Mourin'. Tragedy

See Journal in Switzerland, Sept. 23.

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made the speech on :ho original, perhaps he would have by Longman; but do not send out more broks I havo too been more readily forgiven by the proprietor and the many. painter of the portrait.”

“The 'Monody' is in too many paragraphs, which maken it unintelligible to me; if any one else understands it in the

present form, they are wiser; however, as it cannot be LETTER CCCIII.

rectified till my return, and has been already published

even publish it on in the collection will fill up the plain "Diodati, Sept. 30, 1816.

of the omitted epistle. "I answered your obliging letters yesterday: to-day the

"Strike out 'by request of a friend' which is sad trash

and must have been done to make it ridiculous. Monody* arrived with its title-page, which is, I presume

* Be careful in the printing the stanzas beginning, a separate publication, 'The request of a friend:Obliged by hunger and request of friends.'

“Though the day of my destiny's,'&c.* I will request you to expunge that same, unless you please which I think well of as a composition. to add, 'by a person of quality,' or 'of wii and honour about “The Antiquary' is not the best of the three, but much town.' Merely say, 'written to be spoken at Drury-lane." above all the last twenty years, saving its elder brothers. To-morrow I dine at Copet. Saturday I strike tents for Holcroft's Memoirs are valuable

, as showing the strength Italy. This evening, on the lake in my boat with Mr. of endurance in the man, which is worth more than all the Hobhouse, the pole which sustains the mainsail slipped in talent in the world. tacking, and struck me so violently on one of my legs, (the

"And so you have been publishing ‘Margaret of Anjou worst, luckily,) as to make me do a foolish thing, viz. to and an Assyrian tale, and refusing W. W.'s Waterloo, and faint-a downright swoon; the thing must have jarred the 'Hue and Cry. I know not which most to admire, some nerve or other, for the bone is not injured, and hardly your rejections or acceptances. I believe that prose in painful, (it is six hours since,) and cost Mr. Hobhouse after all

, the most reputable; for certes, if one could foresee some apprehension and much sprinkling of water to re--but I won't go on—that is, with this sentence; but poetry The sensation was a very odd one: I never

is, I fear, incurable. God help me! if I proceed in this had but two such before, once from a cut on the head from scribbling, I shall have frittered away my mind before I am a stone, several years ago, and once (long ago also) in thirty; but it is at timos a real relief to me. For the prefalling into a great wreath of snow;-a sort of gray giddi-sent-good evening." ness first, then nothingness and a total loss of memory on beginning to recover. The last part is not disagreeable, if one did not find it again.

LETTER CCCV. “ You want the original MSS. Mr. Davies has the first fair copy in my own hand, and I have the rough composition here, and will send or save it for you, since you wish it.

"Martigny, Oct. 9, 1816. * With regard to your new literary project, if any thing the 'Pisse Vache' (onc of the first torrents in Switzerland)

« Thus far on my way to Italy. We have just passed falls in the way which will

, to the best of my judgment, suit you, I will send you what I can. At present I must lay

in time to view the iris which the sun flings along it before by a little, having pretty well exhausted myself in what I have sent you. Italy or Dalmatia and another summer

"I have written to you twice lately. Mr. Davies, I may, or may not, set me off again. I have no plans, and hear, is arrived. He brings the original MS. which you am nearly as indifferent what may come as where I

wished to see. Recollect that the printing is to be from shall take Felicia Hemans' Restoration, &c. with me; it

that which Mr. Shelley brought; and recollect also that is a good poem-very.

the concluding stanzas of Childe Harold (those to my "Pray repeat my best thanks and remembrances to Mr. daughter) which I had not made up my mind whether to Gifford for all his trouble and good-nature towards me.

publish or not when they were first written, (as you will see "Do not fancy me laid up, from the beginning of this

marked on the margin of the first copy,) I had (and have) scrawl. I tell you the accident for want of better to say, in the copy which you received by Mr. Shelley, before I

fully determined to publish with the rest of the Canto, as but it is over, and I am only wondering what the deuce was the matter with me.

sent it to England. "I have lately been over all the Bernese Alps and their

"Our weather is very fine, which is more than the sunlakes. I think many of the scenes (some of which were Address either to Milan, poste restante

, or hy way of Ger

mer has been.-At Milan I shall expect to hear from you. not those usually frequented by the English) finer than Chamouni, which I visited some time before. I have been neva, to the care of Monsr. Hentsch, Banquier. I writo to Clarens again, and crossed the mountains behind it: of these few lines in case my other letter should not reach this tour I kept a short journalt for my sister, which I sent you; I trust one of them will. yesterday in three letters. It is not all for perusal; but if

"P.S. My best respects and regards to Mr. Gifford. you like to hear about the romantic part, she will, I dare Will you tell him, it may perhaps be as well to put a short show you what touches upon the rocks, &c.

note to that part relating to Clarens, merely to say, that of Christabel— I won't have any one sneer at Christabel: course the description does not refer to that particular spot it is a fine wild

so much as to the command of scenery round it? I do poem.

not know that this is necessary, and leave it to Mr. G.S “Madame de Staël wishes to see the Antiquary, and I choice, as my editor,-if he will allow me to call him so at am going to take it to her to-morrow. She has made

this distance." Copet as agreeable as society and talent can make any piace on earth.

"N."

LETTER CCCVI.

TO MR. MURRAY.
LETTER CCCIV.

"Milan, Oct. 15, 1816. TO MR. MURRAY.

"I hear that Mr. Davies has arrived in England,-but " Diodati, Oct. 5, 1816. that of some letters, &c. committed to his care by Mr.

Hobhouse, only hals have been delivered. This intelligence "Save me a copy of ‘Buck's Richard III.' republished naturally mak me feel a little anxious for mine, and

noon.

go. I

say,

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*Yours ever,

*

. On the death of Sheridan. See Letter 299.

See Journal. p. 444.

Poems, P. 198.

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