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Ær. 26.

THE CORSAIR.

237

TO MR. MOORE.

LETTER 157.

“ Take your choice ;- no one, save he "P.S. - Pray report my best acknowledgand Mr. Dallas, has seen either, and D. is ments to Mr. Gifford in any words that may quite on my side, and for the first. í If I can best express how truly his kindness obliges but testify to you and the world how truly I me. I won't bore him with lip thanks or admire and esteem you, I shall be quite satis- notes." fied. As to prose, I don't know Addison's from Johnson's ; but I will try to mend my cacology. Pray perpend, pronounce, and

January 13. 1814. don't be offended with either.

“I have but a moment to write, but all is “My last epistle would probably put you as it should be. I have said really far short in a fidget. But the devil, who ought to be of iny opinion, but if you think enough, I am civil on such occasions, proved so, and took content. Will you return the proof by the my letter to the right place.

post, as I leave town on Sunday, and have "Is it not odd?

the
very
fate I said she

no other corrected copy? I put 'servant,' had escaped from **, she has now under

as being less familiar before the public ; begone from the worthy * Like Mr. Fitz

cause I don't like presuming upon our friendgerald?, shall I not lay claim to the character ship to infringe upon forms. As to the of Vates ?' — as he did in the Morning other word, you may be sure it is one I Herald for prophesying the fall of Buona- cannot hear or repeat too often. parte, - who, by the by, I don't think is

“I write in an agony of haste and conyet fallen. I wish he would rally and rout fusion.- Perdonate.” your legitimate sovereigns, having a mortal hate to all royal entails. — But I am scrawl

TO MR. MURRAY. ing a treatise. Good night. Ever, &c.”

“ January 15. 1814. TO MR. MURRAY.

“Before any proof goes to Mr. Gifford, it " January 11. 1814.

may be as well to revise this, where there

are words omitte faults committed, and the “ Correct this proof by Mr. Gifford's (and

devil knows what. As to the dedication, I from the MSS.), particularly as

to the

cut out the parenthesis of Mr.), but not pointing. I have added a section for Gul

another word shall move unless for a better. nare, to fill up the parting, and dismiss her more ceremoniously. If Mr. Gifford or you

Mr. Moore has seen, and decidedly preferred the part your Tory bile sickens at.

If every dislike, 'tis but a sponge and another mid

syllable were a rattle-snake, or every letter night better employed than in yawning over Miss * *[Edgeworth] ; who, by the by, may

a pestilence, they should not be expunged.

Let those who cannot swallow chew the soon return the compliment.

expressions on Ireland; or though Mr.

Croker should array himself in all his terrors “ Wednesday or Thursday. against them, I care for none of you, except "P.S. - I have redde ** [“Patronage”]: Gifford ; and he won't abuse me, except I It is full of praises of Lord Ellenborough!!! deserve it - which will at least reconcile (from which I infer near and dear relations me to his justice. As to the poems in at the bar).

Hobhouse's volume, the translation from “I do not love Madame de Stael ; but, the Romaic is well enough ; but the best of depend upon it, she beats all

natives the other volume (of mine, I mean) have hollow as an authoress, in my opinion ; and been already printed. But do as you please I would not say this if I could help it. - only as I shall be absent when you come

your

The first was, of course, the one that I preferred. The other ran as follows:

" January 7. 1814. * My dear Moore,

" I had written to you a long letter of dedication, which I suppress, because, though it contained something relating to you which every one had been glad to hear, yet there was too much about politics, and poesy, and all things whatsoever, ending with that topic on which most men are fluent, and none very amusing - one's self. It might have been re-written — but to what purpose ? My praise could add nothing to your well-earned and firmlyestablished fame, and with my most hearty admiration of your talents, and delight in your conversation, you are already acquainted. lo availing myself of your friendly

permission to inscribe this poem to you, I can only wish
the offering were as worthy your acceptance as your
regard is dear to,
“ Yours, most affectionately and faithfully,

" BYKON."
[William- Thomas Fitzgerald, facetiously termed by
Cobbett the " Small Beer Poet." For more than thirty
years this harmless poetaster was an attendant at the
anniversary dinners of the Literary Fund, and constantly
honoured the occasion with an Ode, which he himself
recited with most comical dignity of emphasis. He died
in 1820. See the opening lines of " English Bards," &c.]

3 He had at first, after the words “ Scott alone,” inserted, in a parenthesis, — “ He will excuse the Mr.

we do not say Mr. Cæsar.'”

TO MR. MURRAY.

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LETTER 158.

TO MR. MURRAY.

out, do, pray, let Mr. Dallas and you have a 1 hought it would sweep away the rascally care of the press.

“Yours, &c." invaders of France. Was ever such a thing

as Blucher's proclamation ?

“ Just before I left town, Kemble paid me “ 1814. January 16.

the compliment of desiring me to write a tra" I do believe that the devil never created mood subsiding — not before it was time;

gedy; I wish I could, but I find my scribbling or perverted such a fiend as the fool of a

but it is lucky to check it at all. If I printer.

I am obliged to enclose you, lengthen my letter, you will think it is luckily for me, this second proof, corrected, because there is an ingenuity in his blunders coming on again ; so good-by.

Yours alway, peculiar to himself. Let the press be guided

B. by the present sheet.

Yours, &c. “ Burn the other.

P. S. If

you
hear

any news of battle “ Correct this also by the other, in some or retreat on the part of the Allies (as they things which I may have forgotten. There call them), pray send it. He has my best is one mistake he made, which, if it had wishes to inanure the fields of France with stood, I would most certainly have broken an invading army. I hate invaders of all his neck.”

countries, and have no patience with the cowardly cry of exultation over him, at whose name you all turned whiter than the

snow to which you (under Providence and “Newstead Abbey, January 22. 1814. that special favourite of Heaven, Prince Re“ You will be glad to hear of my safe gent) are indebted for your triumphs. arrival here. The time of my return will I open my letter to thank you for yours depend upon the weather, which is so im- just received. The · Lines to a Lady Weeppracticable, that this letter has to advance ing' must go with The Corsair. I care nothrough more snows than ever opposed the thing for consequences, on this point. My Emperor's retreat. The roads are impass- politics are to me like a young mistress to able, and return impossible for the present ; an old man--the worse they grow, the fonder which I do not regret, as I am much at my I become of them. As Mr. Gifford likes the ease, and six-and-twenty complete this day | Portuguese Translation, pray insert it as - a very pretty age, if it would always last. an addition to The Corsair. Lady WestOur coals are excellent, our fire-places large, moreland thought it so bad, that after making my cellar full, and my head empty ; and I me translate it, she gave her own version have not yet recovered my joy at leaving which is, for aught I know, the best of the London. If any unexpected turn occurred But I cannot give up my weeping with my purchaser, I believe I should hardly lines, and I do think them good, and don't quit the place at all ; but shut my door, and mind what it · looks like.'] let my beard grow.

• In all points of difference between Mr. I forgot to mention (and I hope it is Gifford and Mr. Dallas, let the first keep his unnecessary) that the lines beginning - Replace; and in all points of difference bemember him, &c. must not appear with The tween Mr. Gifford and Mr. Anybody-else, I Corsair. You may slip them in with the shall abide by the former ; if I am wrong, smaller pieces newly annexed to Childe Ha. I can't help it. But I would rather not be rold; but on no account permit them to be right with any other person. So there is appended to The Corsair. Have the good- an end of that matter. After all the trouble ness to recollect this particularly.

he has taken about me and mine, I should The books I have brought with me are be very ungrateful to feel or act otherwise. a great consolation for the confinement, and Besides, in point of judgment, he is not to I bought more as we came along. In short, be lowered by a comparison. In politics, he I never consult the thermometer, and shall may be right too ; but that with me is a not put up prayers for a thaw, unless I feeling, and I can't torify my nature.”

two.

2 His translation of the pretty Portuguese song. “ Tu mi chamas." He was tempted to try another version of this ingenious thought, which is, perhaps, still more happy, and has never, I believe, appeared in print.

| The amusing rages into which he was thrown by the printer were vented not only in these notes, but frequently on the proof-sheets themselves. Thus, a passage in the dedication having been printed “the first of her bands in estimation,” he writes in the margin, bards, not bands – was there ever such a stupid misprint ?" and in correcting a line that had been curtailed of its due number of syllables, he says, Do not omit words - it is quite enough to alter or mis-spell them."

“ You call me still your life - ah ! change the word

Life is as transient as th' inconstant's sigh ;
Say rather I'm your soul, more just that name,

For, like the soul, my love can never die."

Ær. 26.

LETTERS TO MR. MURRAY.

239

LETTER 159.

TO MR. MURRAY.

as I do for the Prince, or all princes what

soever, except Korlorsky.] “ Newstead Abbey, February 4. 1814. “ Pray make my respects to Mr. Ward, " I need not say that your obliging letter whose praise I value most highly, as you was very welcome, and not the less so for well know; it is in the approbation of such being unexpected. At the same time I re- men that fame becomes worth having. To ceived a very kind one from Mr. D' Israeli, Mr. Gifford I am always grateful, and surely which I shall acknowledge and thank him

not less so now than ever. And so good for to-morrow.

night to my authorship. “ It doubtless gratifies me much that our I have been sauntering and dozing here finale has pleased, and that the curtain drops very quietly, and not unhappily. You will gracefully. You deserve it should, for be happy to hear that I have completely es your promptitude and good nature in ar- tablished my title-deeds as marketable, and ranging immediately with Mr. Dallas ; and that the purchaser has succumbed to the I can assure you that I esteem your enter- terms, and fulfils them, or is to fulfil them ing so warmly into the subject, and writing forth with. He is now here, and we go on to me so soon upon it, as a personal obliga- very amicably together, one in each wing tion. We shall now part, I hope, satisfied of the Abbey. We set off on Sunday - 1 with each other. was and am quite in for town, he for Cheshire. earnest in my prefatory promise not to in

“ Mrs. Leigh is with me — much pleased trude any more ; and this not from any with the place, and less so with me for partaffectation, but a thorough conviction that ing with it, to which not even the price can it is the best policy, and is at least respect-reconcile her. Your parcel has not yet ful to my readers, as it shows that I would arrived — at least the Mags. &c. ; but I have not willingly run the risk of forfeiting their received Childe Harold and The Corsair. favour in future. Besides, I have other

“ I believe both are very correctly printed, views and objects, and think that I shall keep which is a great satisfaction. this resolution ; for, since I left London, "I thank you for wishing me in town ; though shut up, snow-bound, thaw-bound, but I think one's success is most felt at a and tempted with all kinds of paper, the distance, and I enjoy my solitary self-impordirtiest of ink, and the bluntest of pens, I

tance in an agreeable sulky way of my have not even been haunted by a wish to put own, upon the strength of your letter - for them to their combined uses, except in letters which I once more thank you, and am, very of business. My rhyming propensity is truly, &c. quite gone, and I feel much as I did at Pa

“P.S. — Don't you think Buonaparte's tras on recovering from my fever — weak, but in health, and only afraid of a relapse. the Allies? Perry's Paris letter of yester

next publication will be rather expensive to I do most fervently hope I never shall.

“I see by the Morning Chronicle there day looks very reviving. What a Hydra hath been discussion in the Courier ; and I and Briareus it is! I wish they would paread in the Morning Post a wrathful letter cify : there is no end to this campaigning." about Mr. Moore, in which some Protestant Reader has made a sad confusion about India LETTER 160. TO MR. MURRAY. and Ireland. “ You are to do as you please about the

“ Newstead Abbey, February 5. 1814. smaller poems ; but I think removing them "I quite forgot, in my answer of yesternow from The Corsair looks like fear; and day, to mention that I have no means of asif so, you must allow me not to be pleased. certaining whether the Newark Pirate has been I should also suppose that, after the fuss of doing what you say. If so, he is a rascal, these newspaper esquires, they would ma- and a shabby rascal too; and if his offence is terially assist the circulation of The Corsair ; punishable by law or pugilism, he shall be an object I should imagine at present of fined or buffeted. Do you try and discover, more importance to yourself than Childe and I will make some inquiry here. Perhaps Harold's seventh appearance. Do as you some other in town may have gone on printing, like; but don't allow the withdrawing that and used the same deception. poem to draw any imputation of dismay upon “ The fac-simile is omitted in Childe Hame. [I care about as much for the Courier rold, which is very awkward, as there is a

2

· Reprinting the “ Hours of Idleness."

It will be recollected that he had announced The Corsair as "the last production with which he should trespass on public patience for some years."

TO MR. MURRAY.

LETTER 161.

TO MR. HODGSON.

note expressly on the subject. Pray replace it as usual.

February 7. 1814. “ On second and third thoughts, the withdrawing the small poems from The Corsair * I see all the papers in a sad commotion (even to add to Childe Harold) looks like with those eight es ; and the Morning shrinking and shuffling after the fuss made Post, in particular, has found out that I am

a sort of Richard III. — deformed in mind upon one of them by the Tories. Pray replace them in The Corsair's appendix. I

and body. The last piece of information is am sorry that Childe Harold requires some

not very new to a man who passed five years and such abetments to make him move off ;

at a public school.

I but, if you remember, I told you his popu- for Childe Harold.' Pray re-insert them in

am very sorry you cut out those lines larity would not be permanent. It is lucky for the author that he had made up his their old place in ‘The Corsair.'” mind to a temporary reputation in time. The truth is, I do not think that any of the present day (and least of all, one who has not

February 28. 1814. consulted the flattering side of human na- “ There is a youngster, and a clever one, ture) have much to hope from posterity ; named Reynolds, who has just published a and you may think it affectation very proba- poem called. Safie,' published by Cawthorne. bly, but, to ine, my present and past success He is in the most natural and fearful apprehas appeared very singular, since it was in hension of the Reviewers ; and as you and I the teeth of so many prejudices. I almost both know by experience the effect of such think people like to be contradicted. If things upon a young mind, I wish you would Childe Harold Aags, it will hardly be worth take his production into dissection, and do it while to go on with the engravings : but do gently. I cannot, because it is inscribed to as you please ; I have done with the whole

me; but I assure you this is not my motive concern ; and the enclosed lines, written for wishing him to be tenderly entreated, years ago, and copied from my skull-cap, are but because I know the misery, at his time among the last with which you will be trou- of life, of untoward remarks upon first apbled. If you like, add them to Childe Harold,

pearance. if only for the sake of another outcry. You Now for self. Pray thank your cousin received so long an answer yesterday, that I it is just as it should be, to my liking, and will not intrude on you further than to repeat propably more than will suit any one else's. myself,

I hope and trust that you are well and well "Yours, &c.

doing. Peace be with you. Ever yours, “P. S.- Of course, in reprinting (if you

my

dear friend." have occasion), you will take great care to be correct. The present editions much so, except in the last note of Childe

“ February 10. 1814. Harold, where the word responsible occurs “I arrived in town late yesterday evening, twice nearly together ; correct the second having been absent three weeks, which I into answerable."

passed in Notts, quietly and pleasantly. You can have no conception of the uproar

the eight lines on the little Royalty's Newark, February 6. 1814. weeping in 1812 (now republished) have “ I am thus far on my way to town. Mas

occasioned. The R **, who had always ter Ridge' I have seen, and he owns to hav- thought them yours, chose — God know's

why ing reprinted some sheets, to make up a few

:-on discovering them to be mine, complete remaining copies! I have now

to be affected 'in sorrow rather than an

ger.' given him fair warning, and if he plays such

The Morning Post, Sun, Herald, tricks again, I must either get an injunction, M. is in a fright, and wanted to shuttle ;

Courier, have all been hysteries ever since. or call for an account of profits (as I never have parted with the copyright), or, in short, and the abuse against me in all directions is any thing vexatious, to repay him in his own

vehement, unceasing, loud — s

- some of it way. If the weather does not relapse, I good, and all of it hearty. I feel a little hope to be in town in a day or two.

compunctious as to the R **'s regret; Yours, &c."

* would he had been only angry! but I fear him not.

Some of these same assailments you I The printer at Newark.

have probably seen.

My person (which is

seem very

LETTER 162.

TO MR. MOORE.

TO MR. MURRAY.

Ær. 26.

LETTER TO ROGERS.

- LORD CARLISLE.

241

LETTER 163.

TO MR. MURRAY.

never

excellent for the noncc') has been de- judicious suppression, which you did totally nounced in verses, the more like the subject, without my consent. Some of the papers inasmuch as they halt exceedingly. Then, have exactly said what might be expected. in another, I am an atheist, a rebel, and, at Now I do not, and will not be supposed to last, the devil (boiteux, I presume). My shrink, although myself and every thing bedemonism seems to be a female's conjecture; longing to me were to perish with my if so, perhaps, I could convince her that I memory. Yours, &c.

“BN. am but a mere mortal, - if a queen of the

"P.S. - Pray attend to what I stated Amazons may be believed, who says apiotov yesterday on technical topics." xwlos oibel. I quote from memory, so my Greek is probably deficient; but the passage is meant to mean “ Seriously, I am in, what the learned

* Monday, February 14. 1814. call, a dilemma, and the vulgar, a scrape ;

“ Before I left town yesterday, I wrote and my friends desire me not to be in a you a note, which I presume you received. passion; and, like Sir Fretful, I assure them I have heard so many different accounts that I am 'quite calm,' — but I am

of

your proceedings, or rather of those of theless in a fury.

others towards you, in consequence of the • Since I wrote thus far, a friend has publication of these everlasting lines, that I come in, and we have been talking and am anxious to hear from yourself the real buffooning till I have quite lost the thread of state of the case. Whatever responsibility, my thoughts ; and as I won't send them obloquy, or effect is to arise from the publiunstrung to you, good morning, and cation, should surely not fall upon you in

Believe me ever,

&c. any degree ; and I can have no objection to

your stating, as distinctly and publicly as “P. S. — Murray, during my absence, omitted the Tears in several of the copies. them, and my own obstinacy upon the

you please, your unwillingness to publish I have made him replace them, and am very subject. Take any course you please to wroth with his qualms ; — as the wine is

vindicate yourself, but leave me to fight my poured out, let it be drunk to the dregs.””

own way; and, as I before said, do not

compromise me by any thing which may look TO MR. MURRAY.

like shrinking on my part ; as for your own,

make the best of it. Yours, February 10. 1814.

“BN." “ I am much better, and indeed quite well, this morning. I have received two, but I presume there are more of the Ana, subse

February 16. 1814. quently, and also something previous, to

· My dear Rogers, which the Morning Chronicle replied. You “I wrote to Lord Holland briefly, but also mentioned a parody on the Skull. I I hope distinctly, on the subject which has wish to see them all, because there may be lately occupied much of my conversation things that require notice either by pen or

with him and you. 3 As things now stand, person.

upon that topic my determination must be

“ Yours, &c. unalterable. “ You need not trouble yourself to there is no human being on whose regard

“I declare to you most sincerely that answer this ; but send me the things when and esteem I set a higher value than on you get them.”

Lord Holland's; and, as far as concerns

himself, I would concede even to humiliaTO MR. MURRAY.

tion, without any view to the future, and " February 12. 1814.

solely from my sense of his conduct as to “ If you have copies of the Intercepted the past. For the rest, I conceive that I Letters?,' Lady Holland would be glad of a have already done all in my power by the volume; and when you have served others, suppression. If that is not enough, they have the goodness to think of your humble must act as they please ; but I will not servant.

* teach my tongue a most inherent baseness,' “ You have played the devil by that in- come what may. You will probably be at

LETTER 164.

TO MR. ROGERS.

(See BYRONIANA, sub anno 1814.)

. (" Letters and Despatches of the Generals, Ministers, &c., at Paris, to the Emperor Napoleon, at Dresden; intercepted by the advanced Troops of the Allies in the

North of Germany ;" published by Mr. Murray in 1814.)

3 Relative to a proposed reconciliation between Lord Carlisle and himself. 4 or the Satire.

R

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