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TO MR. MURRAY.

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as a ruin, and I can assure you there was mitted), and you might coax Campbell, too, some fun there, even in my time ; but that into it. By the by, he has an unpublished is past. The ghosts', however, and the (though printed) poem on a scene in Gergothics, and the waters, and the desolation, many, (Bavaria, I think,) which I saw last make it very lively still.

year, that is perfectly magnificent, and equal
Ever, dear Tom, yours, &c." to himself

. I wonder he don't publish it.
“ Oh! - do you recollect Sharp, the en-
graver's, mad letter about not engraving

Phillips's picture of Lord Foley (as he
“Newstead Abbey, September 2 1814.

blundered it)? well, I have traced it, I think. am obliged by what you have sent, but hanna Southcote's is named Foley; and 1

It seems, by the papers, a preacher of Jowould rather not see any thing of the kind 2 ; we have had enough already of these things, confusion of words and ideas, but by that of

can no way account for the said Sharp's good and bad, and next month you need not trouble yourself to collect even the higher apostles. It was a mercy he did not say

his head's running on Johanna and her generation on my account. It gives me

Lord Tozer. You know, of course, that much pleasure to hear of Mr. Hobhouse's Sharp is a belie and Mr. Merivale's good entreatment by the of spiritual impregnation,

in this new (old) virgin journals you mention. I still think Mr. Hogg and yourself might her being with child at sixty-five is indeed a

I long to know what she will produce *; make out an alliance. Dodsley's was, I believe , the last decent thing of the kind, and miracle, but her getting any one to beget it,

a greater. his had great success in its day, and lasted several years ; but then he had the double land, I could send you some game : if you

If you were not going to Paris or Scotadvantage of editing and publishing. The

remain, let me know. Spleen, and several of Gray's odes, much of Shenstone, and many others of good repute, “ P.S. - A word or two of' Lara,' which made their first appearance in his collection. your enclosure brings before me. It is of Now, with the support of Scott, Words- no great promise separately; but, as conworth, Southey, &c., I see little reason why , nected with the other tales, it will do very you should not do as well ; and, if once well for the volumes you mean to publishi. fairly established, you would have assistance I would recommend this arrangement from the youngsters, I dare say. Stratford | Childe Harold, the smaller Poems, Giaour, Canning (whose · Buonaparte' is excellent), Bride, Corsair, Lara ; the last completes the and many others, and Moore, and Hobhouse, series, and its very likeness renders it neand I, would try a fall now and then (if per- cessary to the others. Cawthorne writes

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1 It was, if I mistake not, during his recent visit to Newstead, that he himself actually fancied he saw the ghost of the Black Friar, which was supposed to have haunted the Abbey from the time of the dissolution of the monasteries, and which he thus describes, from the recollection perhaps of his own fantasy, in Don Juan :" It was no mouse, but, lo! a monk, array'd

In cowl and beads and dusky garb, appear'd, Now in the moonlight, and now lapsed in shade,

With steps that trod as heavy, yet unheard : His garments only a slight murmur made :

He moved as shadowy as the sisters weird,
But slowly; and as he pass'd Juan by,

Glanced, without pausing, on him a bright eye.”
It is said, that the Newstead ghost appeared, also, to
Lord Byron's cousin, Miss Fanny Parkins, and that she
made a sketch of him from memory.

2 The reviews and magazines of the month.

3 (William Sharp was an engraver of great eminence. He was a strenuous disciple of the notorious Richard Brothers, and actually engraved two plates of the soi. disant prophet, lest one should be insufficient to produce the requisite number of impressions which would be called for on the arrival of the predicted Milennium. He afterwards attached himself to the school of Johanna Southcote, of whose pretensions he was a stanch sup

porter to the last. On the death of the lunatic in 1814, Mr. Sharp publicly asserted his conviction, that she was only gone to heaven for a season, to legitimate the embryo child.” He died in 1825.]

4 The following characteristic note, in reference to this
passage, appears, in Mr. Gifford's hand-writing, on the
copy of the above letter :--" It is a pity that Lord B. was
ignorant of Jonson. The old poet has a Satire on the
Court Pucelle that would have supplied him with some
pleasantry on Johanna's pregnancy."
[“ Shall I advise thee, Pucelle ? steal away

From court, while yet thy fame hath some stall day ;
The wits will leave you if they once perceive
You cling to lords; and lords, if them you leave
For sermoneers : of which now one, now other,
They say you weekly invite with fits o' the mother,
And practise for a miracle: take heed,
This age will lend no faith to Darrel's deed;
Or if it would, the court is the worst place,
Both for the mothers, and the babes of grace,
For there the wicked in the chair of scora

Will call't a bastard, when a prophet's born.,
“ The last couplet has a singular bearing on the jur-
gle of Johanna Southcote.".

"- Gifford's Jonson, rol. vil p. 438.]

Ær. 26.

SECOND PROPOSAL TO MISS MILBANKE.

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LETTER 199.

TO MR. MOORE.

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that they are publishing English Bards in
Ireland : pray enquire into this ; because it
must be stopped.”

“ Newstead Abbey, September 15. 1814.
“ This is the fourth letter I have begun to

you within the month. Whether I shall finish LETTER 198. TO MR. MURRAY.

or not, or burn it like the rest, I know not. "Newstead Abbey, September 7. 1814. When we meet, I will explain why I have " I should think Mr. Hogg, for his own

not written why I have not asked you sake as well as yours, would be critical’ as

here, as I wished — with a great many other lago himself, in his editorial capacity; and whys and wherefores, which will keep cold. that such a publication would answer his

In short, you must excuse all my seeming purpose and yours too, with tolerable ma- omissions and commissions, and grant me nagement. You should, however, have a more remission than St. Athanasius will to good number to start with—— I mean good in yourself

, if you lop off a single shred of
quality ; in these days, there can be little fear mystery from his pious puzzle. It is my
of not coming up to the mark in quantity.

creed (and it may be St. Athanasius's too)
There must be many “fine things' in Words that your article on Thurlow will get some-
worth ; but I should think it difficult to body killed, and that, on the Saints, get him
make six quartos (the amount of the whole) d-d afterwards, which will be quite enow
all fine, particularly the pedler's portion of for one number. Oons, Tom !
the poem ; but there can be no doubt of his

not meddle just now with the incompre-
powers to do almost any thing.

hensible ; for if Johanna Southcote turns
I am very idle.' Í have read the few out to be
books I had with me, and been forced to

* Now for a little egotism. My affairs
fish, for lack of other argument. I have

stand thus. To-morrow I shall know whecaught a great many perch and some carp,

ther a circumstance of importance enough which is a comfort, as one would not lose

to change many of my plans will occur or
one's labour willingly.

If it does not, I am off for Italy next
Pray, who corrects the press of your

month, and London, in the mean time, next
volumes? I hope · The Corsair' is printed

week. I have got back Newstead and from the copy I corrected, with the addi- twenty-five thousand pounds (out of twentytional lines in the first canto, and some notes

eight paid already), as a 'sacrifice,' the from Sismondi and Lavater, which I gave

late purchaser calls it, and he may choose his you to add thereto. The arrangement is

I have paid some of my debts,

and contracted others ; but I have a few “My cursed people have not sent my

thousand pounds, which I can't spend after papers since Sunday, and I have lost Jo- my own heart in this climate, and so, I shall hanna's divorce from Jupiter. Who hath

go back to the south. Hobhouse, I think gotten her with prophet ? Is it Sharp,

and hope, will go with me ; but, whether he and how? *** I should like to buy one

will or not, I shall. I want to see Venice, of her seals : if salvation can be had at half

and the Alps, and Parmesan cheeses, and a-guinea a head, the landlord of the Crown

look at the coast of Greece, or rather Epirus, and Anchor should be ashamed of himself from Italy, as I once did or fancied I did for charging double for tickets to a mere

that of Italy, when off Corfu. All this, terrestrial banquet. I am afraid, seriously,

however, depends upon an event, which may, that these matters will lend a sad handle to or may not, happen. Whether it will, I shall your profane scoffers, and give a loose to

know probably to-morrow; and, if it does, I much damnable laughter.

can't well go abroad at present. I have not seen Hunt's Sonnets nor

“ Pray pardon this parenthetical scrawl. Descent of Liberty: he has chosen a pretty

You shall hear from me again soon ; I

don't call this an answer.
place wherein to compose the last. Let me
hear from you before you embark.

“ Ever most affectionately, &c."
“ Ever, &c.”

The “circumstance of importance,” to
[“ P.S. Mrs. Leigh and the children which he alludes in this letter, was his
are very well. I have just read to her a second proposal for Miss Milbanke, of which
sentence from your epistle, and the remark | he was now waiting the result. His own
was,' How well he writes ! So you see account, in his Memoranda, of the circum-
you may set up as author in person, when- stances that led to this step is, in substance,
ever you please.']

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stood high in his affection and confidence, water, and rowing over it, and firing at the
observing how cheerless and unsettled was fowls of the air. But why should I ‘monster
the state both of his mind and prospects, my nothings' to you, who are well employed,
advised him strenuously to marry ; and, and happily too, I should hope ? For my
after much discussion, he consented. The part, I am happy, too, in my way -- but, as
next point for consideration was — - who was usual, have contrived to get into three or
to be the object of his choice ; and while his four perplexities, which I do not see my way
friend mentioned one lady, he himself named through. But a few days, perhaps a day,
Miss Milbanke. To this, however, his ad- will determine one of them.
viser strongly objected, — remarking to him, · You do not say a word to me of your
that Miss Milbanke had at present no poem. I wish I could see or hear it. I
fortune, and that his embarrassed affairs neither could, nor would, do it or its author
would not allow him to marry without one ; any harm. I believe I told you of Larry
that she was, moreover, a learned lady, and Jacquy. A friend of mine was reading
which would not at all suit him. In conse- - at least a friend of his was reading →
quence of these representations, he agreed said Larry and Jacquy in a Brighton coach.
that his friend should write a proposal for A

passenger

the book and queried as him to the other lady named, which was to the author. The proprietor said there accordingly done ; --- and an answer, con- were two' - to which the answer of the untaining a refusal, arrived as they were, one

known was, “ Ay, ay,

- a joint concern, I morning, sitting together. “You see," said

suppose, summot like Sternhold and HopLord Byron, “ that, after all, Miss Milbanke kins. is to be the person ;— I will write to her.” “ Is not this excellent ? I would not He accordingly wrote on the moment, and, have missed the ‘vile comparison’ to have as soon as he had finished, his friend, remon- 'scaped being one of the Arcades ambo strating still strongly against his choice, et cantare pares.' Good night. Again took up the letter, — but, on reading it over, yours.” observed, * Well, really, this is a very pretty letter ;- it is a pity it should not go. I never read a prettier one." — “ Then it

CHAPTER XXIII. shall go,” said Lord Byron ; and in so saying, sealed and sent off, on the instant, this fiat

MISS MILBANKE --ACCEPTATION. LETTERS of his fate, 1

TO MOORE AND DRURY.-- WEDDING PRE

PARATIONS, VISIT TO CAMBRIDGE,
TO MR, MOORE.

STATE OF LORD BYRON'S MIND AND “ Nd., September 15. 1814. FEELINGS. —EVENINGS AT DOUGLAS KIN“I have written to you one letter to

NAIRD's. ---PECUNIARY EMBARRASSMENTS. night, but must send you this much more, as SEAHAM. – MARRIAGE. LETTERS TO I have not franked my number, to say that I MOORE AND MURRAY. HONEY-M0OX. rejoice in my god-daughter, and will send HEBREW MELODIES.

DEATH OF THE her a coral and bells, which I hope she will DUKE OF DORSET.

LETTER TO COLE

RIDGE, accept, the moment I get back to London.

My head is at this moment in a state of confusion, from various causes, which I can LETTER 201. TO MR. MOORE. neither describe nor explain — but let that

" Newstead Abbey, Sept. 20. 1814. pass. My employments have been very

“ Here's to her who long rural — fishing, shooting, bathing, and boat

Hath waked the poet's sigh! ing. Books I have but few here, and those The girl who gave to song I have read ten times over, till sick of them. What gold could never buy. -— My dear Moore, So, I have taken to breaking soda-water I am going to be married -- that is, I bottles with my pistols, and jumping into the am accepted ?, and one usually hopes the

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1 [" This recital will amuse some and shock others : us it both amuses and shocks; and we presume that it presents a fair specimen of the thoughts and feelings of that high life into which all men must be admitted, as Byron was by birth and Moore by genius (so said his lordship), ere they can hope to become poets ! Nothing in the lowest farce was ever lower ; yet it may be said to have been the prologue to a tragedy which had a grievous catastrophe. It may vot be always much amiss to employ a friend to buy one a shandrydan or a trotting pony ;

but when the transaction regards a wife, pray keep the pen in your owa hand : for if you employ an amanuensis - a secretary - a clerk, not only to write your proposal of marriage to your intended, but commission him to put his finger on the object proper for your choice, you have only to look along the vista of your future years,' and 'tis shut up by that impressive temple, Doctors' Commons.”- Wilson.)

2 On the day of the arrival of the lady's answer, he #25 sitting at dinner, when his gardener came in and presented

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rest will follow. My mother of the Gracchi event will take place, I don't exactly know.
(that are to be), you think too strait-laced for It depends partly upon lawyers, who are never
me, although the paragon of only children, in a hurry. One can be sure of nothing ; but,
and invested with golden opinions of all at present, there appears no other interrup-
sorts of men,' and full of .most blest con- tion to this intention, which seems as mu-
ditions' as Desdemona herself. Miss Mil- tual as possible, and now no secret, though
banke is the lady, and I have her father's I did not tell first, — and all our relatives
invitation to proceed there in my elect ca- are congratulating away to right and left in
pacity, - which, however, I cannot do till I the most fatiguing manner.
have settled some business in London, and “ You perhaps know the lady. She is
got a blue coat.

niece to Lady Melbourne, and cousin to She is said to be an heiress, but of that Lady Cowper and others of your acquaintI really know nothing certainly, and shall not ance, and has no fault, except being a great enquire. But I do know, that she has talents deal too good for me, and that I must parand excellent qualities ; and you will not don, if nobody else should. It might have deny her judgment, after having refused six been two years ago, and, if it had, would suitors and taken me.

have saved me a world of trouble. She has Now, if you have any thing to say employed the interval in refusing about half against this, pray do ; my mind's made up, a dozen of my particular friends, (as she did positively fixed, determined, and therefore me once, by the way,) and has taken me at I will listen to reason, because now it can last, for which I am very much obliged to do no harm. Things may occur to break it her. I wish it was well over, for I do hate off

, but I will hope not. In the mean time, bustle, and there is no marrying without I tell you (a secret, by the by,

at least some ; - and then, I must not marry in a till I know she wishes it to be public) that I black coat, they tell me, and I can't bear a have proposed and am accepted. You need blue one. not be in a hurry to wish me joy, for one “ Pray forgive me for scribbling all this mayn't be married for months. I am going nonsense.

You know I must be serious all town to-morrow ; but expect to be here, the rest of my life, and this is a parting piece on my way there, within a fortnight. of buffoonery, which I write with tears in my

if this had not happened, I should have eyes, expecting to be agitated. Believe me gone to Italy. In my way down, perhaps, most seriously and sincerely your obliged you will meet me at Nottingham, and come servant,

“BYRON. over with me here. I need not say that “P. S. — My best rems. to Lord ** nothing will give me greater pleasure. I his return.' must, of course, reform thoroughly; and, seriously, if I can contribute to her happiness, I shall secure my own.

She is so good a person, that

- that — in short, I wish I “ Notwithstanding the contradictory parawas a better. Ever, &c.”

graph in the Morning Chronicle, which must have been sent by **, or perhaps - I know not why I should suspect Claughton of such

a thing, and yet I partly do, because it might Albany, October 5. 1814. interrupt his renewal of purchase, if so dis

posed ; in short, it matters not, but we are Your recollection and invitation do all in the road to matrimony — lawyers setme great honour ; but I am going to be tling, relations congratulating, my intended * married, and can't come. My intended is as kind as heart could wish, and every one, two hundred miles off, and the moment my whose opinion I value, very glad of it. All business here is arranged, I must set out in a her relatives, and all mine too, seem equally great hurry to be happy. Miss Milbanke is pleased. the good-natured person who has undertaken “Perry was very sorry, and has re-contrame, and, of course, I am very much in love, dicted, as you will perceive by this day's and as silly as all single gentlemen must be paper. It was, to be sure, a devil of an inin that sentimental situation. I have been sertion, since the first paragraph came from accepted these three weeks ; but when the Sir Ralph's own County Journal, and this in

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LETTER 203.

TO MR. MOORE.

“ October 7. 1814.

GELTES - HONET

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LETTER 202.

TO THE COUNTESS OF ***,

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him with his mother's wedding ring, which she had lost will be married with this very ring." It did contain a very
many years before, and which the gardener had just found flattering acceptance of his proposal, and a duplicate of
in digging up the mould under her window. Almost at the the letter had been sent to London, in case this should
same moment, the letter from Miss Milbanke arrived have missed him.- Memoranda.
and Lord Byron exclaimed, “If it contains a consent, I

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TO MR. MOORE.

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the teeth of it would appear to him and his perfection, and I hear of nothing but her as my denial. But I have written to do away merits and her wonders, and that she is that, enclosing Perry's letter, which was very pretty. Her expectations, I am told, very polite and kind.

are great ; but what, I have not asked. I Nobody hates bustle so much as I do ; / have not seen her these ten months.” but there seems a fatality over every scene of my drama, always a row of some sort or other. No matter — Fortune is my best friend; and as I acknowledge my obligations to her, I hope she will treat me better than

“ An' there were any thing in marriage that she treated the Athenian, who took some

would make a difference between my friends

and merit to himself on some occasion, but (after

me, particularly in your case, I would that) took no more towns. In fact, she, that

none on't.' My agent sets off for Durham exquisite goddess, has hitherto carried me

next week, and I shall follow him, taking through every thing, and will, I hope, now;

Newstead and you in my way. I certainly

did not address Miss Milbanke with these since I own it will be all her doing. “Well, now, for thee. Your article on

views, but it is likely she may prove a con** is perfection itself. You must not leave leave her, he will ; and from her childless

siderable parti. All her father can give, or off reviewing. By Jove, I believe you can do any thing: There is wit, and taste, and uncle, Lord Wentworth, whose barony, it is learning, and good humour (though not a

supposed, will devolve on Ly. Milbanke (his whit less severe for that), in every line of sister), she has expectations. But these will that critique.

depend upon his own disposition, which “ Next to your being an E. Reviewer, my only child, and Sir R.'s estates, though

seems very partial towards her. She is an being of the same kidney, and Jeffrey's being dipped by electioneering, are considerable

. such a friend to both, are amongst the events which I conceive were not calculated upon that will be dowered now, I do not know,

Part of them are settled on her ; but whether in Mr. what's his name?'s — • Essay on Probabilities.'

though, from what has been intimated to me, But, Tom, I say -Oons! Scott menaces

it probably will. The lawyers are to settle the Lord of the Isles.' 2 Do you mean to

this among them, and I am getting my procompete? or lay by, till this wave has broke perty into matrimonial array, and myself upon the shelves ? (of booksellers, not rocks ready for the journey to Seaham, which I

must make in a week or ten days. - a broken metaphor, by the way). You ought to be afraid of nobody ; but your mo

“I certainly did not dream that she was desty is really as provoking and unnecessary for some time. I also thought her of a very

attached to me, which it seems she has been as a * *'s.

I am very merry, and have just cold disposition, in which I was also misbeen writing some elegiac stanzas on the taken -- it is a long story, and I won't troudeath of Sir P. Parker. 3

first cousin, but never met since boyhood. Our &c. you will hear enough of them (for she

ble you with it. As to her virtues, &c. relations desired me, and I have scribbled and given it to Perry, who will chronicle it

is a kind of pattern in the north), without I am as sorry for him as one

my running into a display on the subject. could be for one I never saw since I was a

It is well that one of us is of such fame, child ; but should not have wept melo- since there is sad deficit in the morale of

that article upon my part, — all owing to my diously, except ‘at the request of friends.' I hope to get out of town and be mar

'bitch of a star,' as Captain Tranchemont ried, but I shall take Newstead in my way ;

says of his planet. and you must meet me at Nottingham and

Don't think you have not said enough accompany me to mine Abbey. I will tell could or need be said ? +

of me in your article on T**; what more you the day when I know it.

“Ever, &c.

“Your long-delayed and expected work

- I suppose you will take fright at The "P.S. - By the way my wife elect is Lord of the Isles' and Scott now. You

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[A review of La Place's “ Essai Philosophique sur les Probabilités" had just appeared in the Edinburgh.]

2 (Sir Walter Scott's " Lord of the Isles " was advertised in the autumn of this year, and published in the January following.)

3 [See Works, p. 560. This gallant officer fell, in August 1814, at the early age of twenty-eight, whilst com.

manding, on shore, a party belonging to his ship, the Menelaus, and animating them, in storming the American camp near Baltimore.]

* [" We could name but one noble bard, among either the living or the dead, whose laurels are sufficiently abundant to keep the coronet totally out of sight."See Edin. Rev. vol. xxiii. p. 411.]

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