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TO MR. MURRAY.

LETTER CCXXXV.

borde, which I flung out of the window one night with a TO M. MURRAY.

vengeance ;--and what then? why, next morning I was

horrified by seeing that it had struck, and split upon, the

"Aug. 4, 1814. *Not bayng received the slightest answer to my last grimed her as if it were on purpose. * Only think of my

petticoat of Euterpe's graven image in the garden, and three letters nor the book (the last number of the Edin- distress, and—the epigrams that might be engendered on burgh Review) which they requested, I presume that you the Muse and her misadventure. vere the unfortunate person* who perished in the pagoda on Monday last, and address this rather to your executors theatricals near Cambridge—though of a different descrip

" I had an adventure, almost as ridiculous, at some privato than yourself regretting that you should have had the ill- tion since I saw you last. I quarrelled with a 1 an in the luck to be the sole victim on that joyous occasion.

dark for asking me who I was (insolently enough, to be "I beg leave then to inform these gentlemen (whoever sure,) and followed him into the green-room (a stable) in a they may be) that I am a little surprised at the previous rage, among a set of people I never saw before. He turned Leglect of the deceased, and also at observing an advertise-out to be a low comedian, engaged to act with the amateurs, ment of an approaching publication on Saturday next, and to be a civil-spoken man enough, when he found out against the which I protested, and do protest, for the that nothing very pleasant was to be got by rudeness. But present.

you would have been amused with the row, and the dialogue. "Yours, (or theirs,) &c.

"B."

and the dress or rather the undress-of the party, where I had introduced myself in a devil of a hurry, and the asto

nishment that ensued. I had gone out of the theatre, for LETTER CCXXXVI.

coolness, into the garden; there I had tumbled over some

dogs, and, coming away from them in very ill-humour, en

* Aug. 5, 1814. countered the inan in a worse, which produced all this The Edinburgh Review is arrived—thanks. I enclose confusion. Mr. Hobhouse's letter, from which you will perceive the “Well—and why don't you 'launch ?-Now is your time Fork you have made. However, I have done : you must The people are tolerably tired with me, and not very much send my rhymes to the devil your own way. It seems enamoured of Wordsworth, who has just spawned a quarto also that the 'faithful and spirited likeness' is another of of metaphysical blank verse, which is nevertheless only a Four paiblications. I wish you joy of it; but it is no like-part of a poem. ness-that is the point. Seriously, if I have delayed your "Murray talks of divorcing Larry and Jacky-a bad sign journey to Scotland, I am sorry that you carried your com- for the authors, who, I suppose, will be divorced too, and plaisance so far; particularly as upon trifles you have a throw the blame upon one another. Seriously, I don't care tore summary method;-witness the grammar of Hob- a cigar about it, and I don't see why Sam should. house's' bit of prose,' which has put him and me into a ferer. "Let me hear from and of you and my godson. If a

"Hogg must translate his own words: 'lifting is a daughter, the name will do quite as well. quotation from his letter, together with ‘G-d-n' &c.

"Ever &c." which I suppose requires no translation.

"I was unaware of the contents of Mr. Moore's letter ; I think your offer very handsome, but of that you and he

LETTER CCXXXVIII. must julge. If he can get more, you won't wonder that he should accept it.

"Aug. 13, 1814. "Out with Lara since it must be. The tome looks

"I wrote yesterday to Mayfield, and have just now enpretty enough-on the outside. I shall be in town next franked your letter to mamma. My stay in town is so unweek, and in the mean time wish you a pleasant journey. certain (not later than next week) that your packets for the

"Yours, &c.

north may not reach me; and as I know not exactly where I am going—however, Newslead is my most probable des.

tination, and if you send your despatches before Tuesday: LETTER CCXXXVII.

I can forward them to our new ally. But, after that day.

you had better not trust to their arrival in time. * Aug. 12, 1814.

*** has been exiled from Paris, on dit, for saying the 'I was not alone, nor will be while I can help it. New-Bourbons were old women. The Bourbons might have stead is not yet decided. Claughton is to make a grand been content, I think, with returning the compliment. effort by Saturday week to complete,-if not, he must give up twenty-five thousand pounds, and the estate, with ex

"I told you all about Jacky and Larry yesterday ;-they penses, &c. &c. If I resume the Abbacy, you shall have are to be separated-at least, so says the grand Murray, due notice, and a cell set apart for your reception, with a and I know no more of the matter. Jeffrey has done me pecus welcome. Rogers I have no seen, but Larry and more than justice;' but as to tragedy-um!--I have no Jacky came out a few days ago. Of their effect, I know time for fiction at present. A man cannot paint a stonin asthing.

with the vessel under baro poles, on a lee shore. When I

get to land, I will try what is to be done, and, if I founder, * There is something very amusing in your being an there be plenty of mine elders and betters to console Melo Edinburgh Reviewer. You know, I suppose, that Thurlow pomene. is done of the placidest, and may possibly enact some

"When at Newstead, you must come over, if only for a tragedy on being told that he is only a fool. If , now, Jeffrey day--should Mrs. M. be exigeante of your presence. The

there were to be slain on account of an article of yours, there place is worth seeing, as a ruin, and I can assure you *ould be a fine conclusion. For my part, as Mrs. Winifred was some fun there, even in my time; but that is past. The Jenkins says, 'he has done the handsome thing by me,' ghosts, however, and the gothics, and the waters, and the particularly in his last rrumber; so, he is the best of men desolation, make it very lively still. and the ables: of critics, and I won't have him killed,

"Ever, dear Tom, yours, &c." though I dare say many wish he were, for being so goodbaum wired.

. His servant had brought him up a large jar of ink, into which, not sup. * Before I left Hastings I got in a passion with an ink-posing it to be ful., he had thrust his

pen down to the very bottom. Er raged, on finding is come out all smeared with ink, he fiung the bottle out of the window into the garden, where it rightel, as here described, vjou

one of eight leaden Muses, that had been importedl, some time! fcre, frons * See note to the Hinta fronu Horace: p438

Hollaud, -the ninth tuving been, Ly some accident, left behind. Voore.

TO MR. MOORE.

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TO MR. MURRAY.

LETTER CCXXXIX.

"Prav, who corrects the press of your volumes? I hope “The Corsair' is printed from the copyl corrected with the

additional lines in the first Canto, and some noles from Sis “Newstcad Abbey, Sept. 2 1814. mondi and Lavater, which I gave you to add thereto. The "I am obliged by what you have sent, but would rather

arrangement is very well. Qut see any thing of the kind ;* we have had enough of

My cursed people have not sent my papers since Sunthese things already, good and bad, and next month you day, and I have lost Johanna's divorce from Jupiter. Who need not troible yourself to collect even the higher gene- hath gotten her with prophet ? Is it Sharpe? and how? ration-or my account. It gives me much pleasure to hear of Mr. Hobhouse's and Mr. Merivale's good entreatment I should like to buy one of her seals: if salvation can be by the journals you mention. « I still think Mr. Hogy and yourself might make out an Anchor should be ashamed of himself for charging double

had at half a guinea a head, the landlord of the Crown and alliance. Doilsley's was, I believe, the last decent thing of for tickets to a mere terrestrial banquet. I am afraid, sethe kind, and lus had great success in its day, and lasted riously, that these matters will lend a sad handle to your several years; but then he had the double advantage of profane scoffers, and give a loose to much damnable laughediting and publishing. The Spleen, and several of Gray's ter. odes, much of Shenstone, and many others of good repute, “I have not seen Hunt's Sonnets nor Descent of Liberty: made their first appearance in his collection. Now, with he has chosen a pretty place wherein to compose the last. the support of Scott, Wordsworth, Southey, &c. I see little Let me hear from you before you embark. Ever, &c." reason why you should not do as well; and if once fairly established, you would have assistance from the youngsters, I dare say. Stratford Canning (whose 'Buona parte' is

LETTER CCXLI. exceiient,) and many others, and Moore, and Hobhouse, and I, would try a fall now and then (if permitted,) and you

TO MR. MOORE. might coax Campbell , too, into it. By-the-by, he has an

Newstead Abbey, Sept. 15, 1814. unpublished (though printed) poem on a scene in Germany * This is the fourth letter I have begun to you within the (Bavaria, I think,) which I saw last year, that is perfectly month. Whether I shall finish or not, or burn it like the magnificent, and equal to himself. I wonder he don't pub- rest, I know not. When we meet, I shall explain why I lish it.

have not writtenwhy I have not asked you here, as I *Oh!—do you recollect S * *, the engraver's, mad letter wished with a great many other whys and whercíores about not engraving Phillips's picture of Lord Foley? (as which will keep cold. In short, you must excuse all my he blundered it;) well, I have traced it, I think. It seems, seeming omissions and commissions, and grant me more by the papers, a preacher of Johanna Southcote's is named remission than St. Athanasius will to yourself

, if you lop Foey; and I can noway account for the said S **'s con- off a single shred of mystery from his pious puzzle. It is fusion of words and ideas, but by that of his healt's running my creed (and it may be St. Athanasius's too) that your on Jonanna and her apostles. It was a mercy he did not article on T * * will get somebody killed, and that, on the say Lord Tozer. You know, of course, that S * * is a Saints, get him d-d afterward, which will be quite enow believer in this new (old) virgin of spiritual impregnation. for one number. Oons, Tom! you must not med.lle just

"I long to know what she will produce: her being with now with the incomprehensible; for if Johanna Southcote child at sixty-five is indeed a miracle, but her getting any turns out to be one to beget it, a greater.

“Now for a little cgotism. My affairs stand thus. To " If you were not going to Paris or Scotland, I could send morrow I shall know whether a circumstance of importance you sonie game: if you remain, let me know.

enough to change many of my plans will occur or not. If "P.S. A word or two of ‘Lara,' which your enclosure it does not, I am off for Italy next month, and London, in brings before me. It is of no great promise separately : the mean time, next week. I have got back Newstead and but, as connected with the other tales, it will do very well twenty-tive thousand pounds (out of twenty-eight paid for the volumes you mean to publish. I would recommend already,)—as a “sacrifice,' the late purchaser calls il, and this arrangement-Childe Harold, the smaller Poems, he may choose his own name. I have paid some of my Giaour, Bride, Corsair, Lara; the last completes the sories, debts

, and contracted others; but I have a few thousand and its very likeness renders it necessary to the others. pounds, which I can't spend after my own heart in this Cawthorpe writes that they are publishing English Bards climate, and so, I shall go back to the south. Hobhouse, I in Ireland: pray inquire into this; because it must be think and hope, will go with me; but, whether he will or stopped."

not, I shall. I want to see Venice, and the Alps, and Parmesan cheeses, and look at the coast of Greece, or rather

Epirus, from Italy, as I once did-or fancied I did-ihat of LETTER CCXL.

Italy, when off Corfu. All this, however, depends upon an

event, which may, or may noi, happen. Whether it will «Newstead Abbey, Sept. 7, 1814. I shall know probably to-morrow, and if it does, I can't web "1 should think Mr. Hogg, for his own sake as well as go abroad at present. yours, would be 'critical as lago himself in his editorial "Pray pardon this parenthetical scrawl. You shall hear capacity; and that such a publication would answer his from me again soon ;-I don't call this an answer. purpose, and yours too, with tolerable management. You

*Ever most affectionately, &c." should, however, have a good number to start with—1 mean, good in quality; in these days, there can be little fear The circumstance of importance," to which he alludes of not coming up to the mark in quantity. There must be in this letter, was his second proposal for Miss Milbanka miany 'fine things' in Wordsworth ; but I should think it of which he was now waiting the result. difficult to make six quartos (the amount of the whole) all fine, particularly the pedler's portion of the poem; but there can be no doubt of his powers to do almost any thing.

LETTER CCXLII. "I am very idle. I have read the few books I had with me, and been forced to fish, for lack of argument. I have caught a great many perch, and some carp, which is a

"Nd. Sept. 15, 1814. comfort, as one would not lose one's labour willingly.

* I have written to you one letter to-night, but must send

you this much more, as I have not franked my number, 10 • The Reviews and Magazines of the mon

say that I rejoice in my goddaughter, and will send her a

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coral anl bells, which I hope she will accept the moment I but I am going to be 'married, and can't come. My in get back to London.

tended is two hundred miles off, and the moment my busi"My head is at this moment in a state of confusion, from ness here is arranged, I must set out in a great hurry to bo various causes, which I can neither describe nor explain— happy. Miss Milbanke is the good-natured person who but let that pass. My employments have been very rural has undertaken me, and, of course, I am very much in love -fishing shooting, bathing, and hoating. Books I have and as silly as all single gentlemen must be in that sentiaut few here, and those I have read ten times over, till sick mental situation. I have been accepted these three weeks; of them. So I have taken to breaking soda water bottles but when the event will take place, I don't exactly know. with my pistols, and jumping into the water, and rowing It depends partly upon lawyers

, who are never in a hurry. over it, and firing at the fowls of the air. But why should one can be sure of nothing; but, at present, there appears ! 'monster my nothings' to you who are well employed, and no other interruption to this intention, which seems as mulaappily too, I should hope. For my part, I am nappy too, tual as possible

, and now no secret, though I did not tell on ray way—but, as usual, have contrived to get into three first, -and all our relatives are congratulating away to right Or fo'ir perplexities, which I do not see my way through. and left in the most fatiguing manner. But a few days, perhaps a day, will determine one of them. "You perhaps know the lady. She is niece to Lady

" You do not say a word to me of your Poem. I wish I Melbourne, and cousin to Lady Cowper, and others of your could see or hear it. I neither could, nor would, do it or its acquaintance, and has no fault

, except being a great deal anthor any harm. I believe I told you of Larry and Jacquy. too good for me, and that I must pardon, if nobody else A friend of mine was reading at least a friend of his was should. It might have been two years ago, and, if it had, reading-said Larry and Jacquy in a Brighton coach. A would have saved me a world of trouble. She has empassenger took

up the book and queried as to the author. ployed the interval in refusing about half a dozen of my parThe proprietor said there were two-to which the answer ticular friends (as she did me once, by the way,) and has d the unknown was 'Ay, ay—a joint concern, I suppose, taken me at last, for which I am very much obliged to her. wamemot like Sternhold and Hopkins.'

I wish it was well over, for I do hate bustle, and there is no 'Is not this excellent? I would not have missed the marrying without soine ;—and then I must not marry in a vile comparison' to have scaped being one of the 'Arcades black coay they tell me, and I can't wear a blue ore. bo et cantare pares. Good night. Again yours.” “Pray forgive me for scribbling all this nonsense. You

know I must be serious all the rest of my life, and this is

a parting piece of buffoonery, which I write with tears in LETTER CCXLIII.

my eyes, expecting to be agitated. Believe me most sem

riously and sincerely your obliged servant, “BYRON. "Newstead Abbey, Sept. 20, 1814.

“P. S. My best rems. to Lord * * on his return." # Here', to her who long

Hath waked the poet's sigh!
The girl who gave to song

LETTER CCXLV.
What gold could never bny.
My dear Moore, I am going to be married that is, I
im accepted, and one usually hopes the rest will follow.

“Oct. 7, 1814. My mother of the Gracchi (that are to be) you think too “Notwithstanding the contradictory paragraph in the erait-laced for me, although the paragon of only children, Morning Chronicle, which must have been sent by * *, or and invested with 'golden opinions of all sorts of men,' and perhaps I know not why I should suspect Claughwn of full of most blessed conditions' as Desdemona herself. Miss such a thing, and yet I partly do, because it might interrupt Mbanke is the lady, and I have her father's invitation to his renewal of purchase, if so disposed; in short

, it matters proceed there in my elect capacity, which, however, I can- not, but we are all in the road to matrimony-lawyers setnot do sill I have settled some business in London, and got tling, relations congratulating, my intended as kind as heart a blue coat.

could wish, and every one, whose opinion I value, very "She is said to be an heiress, but of that I really know glad of it. All her relatives, and all mine too, seem equally nothing certainly, and shall not inquire. But I do know, that pleased. she has talents and excellent qualities, and you will not deny “Perry was very sorry, and has re-contradicted, as you her judgment, after having refused six suitors and taken me. will perceive by this day's paper. It was, to be sure, a

Now, if you have any thing to say against this, pray do; devil of an insertion, since the first paragraph came from my mind's made up, positively fixed, determined, and there- Sir Ralph's own County Journal, and this in the teeth of fore I will listen to reason, because now it can do no harm. it would appear to him and his as my denial. But I have Things may occur to break it off, but I will hope not. In written to do away that, enclosing Perry's letter. which was the mean time, I tell you (a secret, by-the-by-at least, till very polite and kind. I know she wishes it to be public) that I have proposed "Nobody hates bustle so much as I do; but there seems and am accepted. You need not be in a hurry to wish a fatality over every scene of my drama, always a row of me joy, for one may n't be married for months. I am going some sort or other. No matter--Fortune is my best friend, to town to-morrow; but expect to be here, on my way there, and as I acknowledge my obligations to her, I hope sho within a fortnight.

will treat me better than she treated the Athenian, who "If this had not happened I should have gone to Italy. took some merit to himself on some occasion, but afte: In my way dywn, perhaps you will meet me at Notting-that) took no more towns. In fact, she

, that exquisite godtain and come over with me here. I need not say that dess, has hitherto carried me through every thing, and buhing will give me greater pleasure. I must, of course, will, I hope, now; since I own it will be all her doing. reform thoroughly; and, seriously, if I can contribute to her "Well, now for thee. Your article on * * is perfection rappiness, I shall secure my own. She is so good a person, itself

. You must not leave off reviewing. By Jove, I be hai-thai-in short, I wish I was a better.

lieve you can do any thing. There is wit, and taste, and "Ever, &c." learning, and good-humour (though not a whit less severe

for that) in every line of that critique. LETTER CCXLIV.

"Next to your being an E. Reviewer, my being of the TO THE COUNTESS OF * * *.

same kidney, and Jeffrey's being such a friend 10 both, are * Albany, Oct. 5, 1814. among

the events which I conceive were not calculated *DEAR LADY

upon in Mr.-what's his name?'s~'Essay on Probabilj. 'Your rocollection and invitation do me great honour;lties.'

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*But, Tom, I say-Dons! Scott menaces the 'Lord of her virtues, &c. &c. you will hear enough of them (for sho the Isles.' Do you mean 10 compete ? or lay by, till this is a kind of pattern in the north,) without my running into wave has broke upon the shelves (of booksellers, not rocks a display on the subject. It is well that one of us is of such -a broken inetaphor, by the way.) You ought to be afraid fame, since there is a sad deficit in the morale of that article of nobody; but your modesty is really as provoking and upon my party-all owing to my 'bitch of a star,' as Captain unnecessary as a * *'s. I am very merry, and have just Tranchemont says of his planet. been writing sorne elegiac stanzas on the death of Sir P. "Don't think you have not said enough of me in your Parker.* He was my first cousin, but never met since article on T **, what more could or need be said? boyhood. Our relations desired me, and I have scribbled and given it to Perry, who will chronicle it tomorrow. I “Your long delayed and expected work-I suppose you am as sorry for him as one could be for one I never saw will take fright at "The Lord of the Isles' and Scott now. sicce I was a child; but should not have wept melodiously, You must do as you like,--I have said my say. You ought except at the request of friends.'

to fear comparison with none, and any one would staro "I hope to get out of town and be married, but I shall who heard you were so tremulous,-though, after all, I bo Lake Newstead in my way, and you must meet me at lieve it is the surest sign of talent. Good morning. I hope Nottingham and accompany me to mine Abbey. I will we shall meet soon, but I will write again, and perhaps you tell you the day when I know it.

"Ever, &c. will meet me at Nottingham. Pray say so. "P.S. By the way, my wife-elect is perfection; and I "P.S. If this union is productive, you shall name the hear of nothing but her merits and her wonders, and that first fruits." she is 'very pretty. Her expectations, I am told, are great; but what, I have not asked. I have not seen her these ten months."

LETTER CCXLVIII.

TO MR. HENRY DRURY.
LETTER CCXLVI.

" Oct. 18, 1814
MY DEAR DRURY,
"Oct. 15, 1814.

"Many thanks for your hitherto unacknowledged 'Aneo

dotes.' Now for one of mine-I am going to be married, MY DEAR HUNT, " I send you some game, of which I beg your accept- therefore I won't tell it, an old and (though I did not

and have been engaged this month. It is a long story, and I specify the quantity as a security against the porter; a hare, a pheasant, and two brace of partridges

, life I have led since I was your pupul must partly account

know it till lately) a mutual attachment. The very sad which, I hope, are fresh. My stay in town has not been long, and I am in all the agonies of quitung it again next for the offs and ons in this now to be arranged business. week on business, preparatory to 'a change of condition, We are only waiting for the lawyers and settlements, &c. as it is called by the talkers on such matters. I am about and next week, or the week after, I shall go down to Sea. to be married; and am, of course, in all the misery of a man ham in the new character of a reguiar suior for a wise of

mine own. m pursuit of happiness. My intended is two hundred miles off, and the efforts I am making with lawyers, &c. &c. to join my future connexions, are, for a personage of my sin

“I hope Hodgson is in a fair way on the same voyage gle and inveterate habits, to say nothing of indolence, quite I saw him and his idol at Hastings. I wish he would bo prodigious! I sincerely hope you are better than your

married at the same time. I should like to make a party, paper intirnated lately, and that your approaching freedom ---like people electrified in a row, by (or rather through) will find you in full health to enjoy it. Yours ever,

the same chain, holding one another's hands, and all feel Byron."

ing the shock at once. I have not yet apprized him of this.

He makes such a serious matter of all these things, and is

so 'melancholy and gentlemanlike,' that it is quite overLETTER CCXLVII.

coming to us choice spirits.

“They say one shouldn't be married in a black coat. I "Oct. 15, 1814.

won't have a blue one,--that's flat. I hate it. An' there were any thing in marriage that would make

"Yours, &c." a difference between friends and me, particularly in your case, ) would ‘none on't.' My agent sets off for Durham next week, and I shall follow him, taking Newstead and

LETTER CCXLIX. you in my way. I certainly did not address Miss Milbanke with these views, but it is likely she may prove a considerable parti. All her father can give, or leave her,

* Oct. 22, 1814. he will; and from her childless uncle, Lord Wentworth, "MY DEAR COWELL, whose barony, it is supposed, will devolve on Ly.Milbanke

"Many and sincere thanks for your kind letter—the bol, (his sister,) she has expectations. But these will depend or rather forfeit, was one hundred to Hawke, and fifty to upon his own disposition, which seems very partial towards Hay (nothing to Kelly,) for a guinea received from each of

She is an only child, and Sir Ralph's estates, though the two former.* I shall feel much obliged by your setting dipped by electioneering, are considerable. Part of them me right if I am incorrect in this statement in any way, ard are settled on her; but whether that will be dowered now, have reasons for wishing you to recollect as much as pos I do not know,-though, from what has been intimated to sible of what passed, and state it to Hodgson. My reason me, it probably will. The lawyers are to settle this among is this: some time ago Mr. *** required a bet of me them, and I am getting my property into matrimonial array, which I never made, and of course refused to pay, and have and myself ready for the journey to Seaham, which I must heard no more of it; to prevent similar mistakes is my obe make in a week or ten days.

ject in wishing you to remember well what passed, and to "I certainly did not dream that she was attached to me, put Hodgson in possession of your memory on the subject. which it seems she has been for some time. I also thought "I hope to see you soon in my way through Cambridge, her of n very cold disposition, in which I was also mistaken Remember me to H. and believe me ever and truly, &c." -u is a long story, and I won't trouble you with it. As to

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LETTER CCLIII.

TO MR. NATHAN

TO MR. MOORE.

me,

&c.

TO MR. MOORE.

TO MR. MURRAY.

"Jan. 7, 1815. Dec. 14, 1814. * DEAR NATHAN, “MI DEAREST TOM,

* Murray, being about to publish a complete edition of "I will send the pattern to-morrow, and since you don't my poetical effusions, has a wish to include the stanzas of go to our friend (*of the keeping part of the town') this the Hebrew Melodies. Will you allow him that privilege evening, I shall e'en sulk at home over a solitary potation, without considering it an infringement on your copyright? My self-opinion rises much by your eulogy of my social I certainly wish to oblige the gentleman, but you know qualities. ' As my friend Scrope is pleased to say, I believe Nathan, it is against all good fashion to give and take back. I am very well for a "holyday drinker.' Where the devil I therefore cannot grant what is not at my disposal. Le are you? with Woolridge, I conjecture-for which you de-me hear from you on the subject. Dear Nathan, serve another abscess. Hoping that the American war

"Yours truly, will last for many years, and that all the prizes may be

"BYRON." registered at Bermoothes, believe

"P.S. I have just been composing an epistle to the archbishop for an especial license. Oons! it looks serious.

LETTER CCLIV. Murray is impatient to see you, and would call, if you will give him audience. Your new coat!I wonder you like

* Halnaby, Darlington, Jan. 10, 1815. die colour, and don't go about, like Dives, in purple.”

"I was married this day week. The parson has pro. nounced it-Perry has announced it—and the Morning

Post, also, under the head of Lord Byron's marriage'-as LETTER CCLI.

if it were a fabrication, or the puff-direct of a new stay. maker.

"Now for thine affairs. I have redde thee upon the "Dec. 31, 1814.

Fathers, and it is excellent well. Positively, you must not *A thousand thanks for Gibbon: all the additions are very this article has been taken for Sydney Smith's (as I heard

leave off reviewing. You shine in it-you kill in it; and great improvements.

*At last, I must be most peremptory with you about the in town) which proves not only your proficiency in parsonprint from Phillips's picture: it is pronounced on all handsology, but that you have all the airs of a veteran critic at the most stupid and disagreeable possible; so do, pray, have your first onset. So, prithee, go on and prosper.

“Scott's 'Lord of the Isles' is out—the mail-coach copy a new engraving, and let me see it first; there really must be no more from the same plate. I don't much care, my

I have, by special license of Murray. self; but every one I honour torments me to death about it, and abuses it to a degree beyond repeating.. Now, don't and freshly. It is impossible to read what

"Now is your time ;-you will come upon them newly

you have lately answer

with excuses; but, for my sake, have it destroyed: done (verse or prose) without seeing that you have trained I never shall have peace till it is. I write in the greatest

on tenfold. * * has foundered ; * * has foundered. I haste.

have tired the rascals (i. e. the public) with my Harrys and *P. S. I have written this most illegibly; but it is to beg Larrys, Pilgrims and Pirates. Nobody but Southey has you to destroy the print, and have another ‘by particular done any thing worth a slice of bookseller's pudding; and desire.' It must be d-d bad, to be sure, since every body he has not luck enough to be found out in doing a good thing. says so but the original; and he don't know what to say. Now, Tom, is thy time—'Oh joyful day!—I would not take But do do it: that is burn the plate, and employ a new etcher a knighthood for thy fortune. Let me hear from you soon from the other picture. This is stupid and sulky." and believe me ever, &c.

"P.S. Lady Byron is vastly well. How are Mrs. Moore

and Joe Atkinson's 'Graces? We must present our won LETTER CCLII.

men to one another."

*

TO MR. MURRAY.

TO MR, MOORE.

*

LETTER CCLV. "Kirkby, Jan. 6, 1815. The marriage took place on the 2d instant; so pray make haste and congratulate away.

« Jan. 19, 1815. * Thanks for the Edinburgh Review and the abolition of "Egad! I don't think he is "down; and my prophecythe print. Let the next be from the other of Phillips, I like most auguries, sacred and profane—is not annulled, mean (not the Albanian, but) the original one in the exhi- but inverted. bition; the last was from the copy. I should wish my sister and Lady Byron to decide upon the next, as they found

"To your question about the 'dog'*_Umph!—myómo fault with the last. I have no opinion of my own upon the ther I won't say any thing against-that is, about her; bưu sz-bject.

how long a 'mistress or friend may recollect paramours or *Mr. Kinnaird will, I dare say, have the goodness to competitors (lust and thirst being the two great and only furnish copies of the Melodies,* if you state my

wish

bonds between the amatory or the amicable,) I can't say; •

upon the subject. You may have them, if you think them worth or, rather, you know as well as I could tell you. But as for inserting. The volumes in their collected state must be canine recollections, as far as I could judge by a cur of inscribed to Mr. Hobhouse, but I have not yet mustered mine own (always bating Boatswain, the dearest, and, alas! the expressions of my inscription; but will supply them in the maddest of dogs,) I had one (half a wolf by the she side) time.

that doted on me at ten years old, and very nearly ate me "With many thanks for your good wishes, which have all been realized, I remain very truly,

• Mr. Moore had just been reading Mr. Southey's poem "Rode

rick," and with reference to an incident in it, tad put the following ques* Byron." tion to Lord Byron -" I should like to know from you, who are one of the

Philocynic sect, whether it is at all probable, that any dog (out of a melom drame) could recognise a master, whom neither his own mother or mis

tress was able to find out. I don't care about Ulysses's dog, &c.-all! • The flebrew Melodies which he hand employed himself in writing want is to know from ynu (who are renowp'd no friend of the dor, com halang his recent stay in London.

panion of the bear,') whether such a thing is probati."

*Yours,

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