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LETTBR 548.

TO MR. MOORE.

artificers mutinied, under pretence that their plenty of quarters : for I have little time to lives were in danger, and are for quitting the write. country :- they may;

“ Believe me yours, &c. &c. N. BN." On Saturday we had the smartest shock of an earthquake which I remember, (and I The fierce lawlessness of the Suliotes had have felt thirty, slight or smart,

different now risen to such a height that it me periods ; they are common in the Mediter- necessary, for the safety of the European ranean,) and the whole army discharged their population, to get rid of them altogether ; arms, upon the same principle that savages and, by some sacrifices on the part of Lord beat drums, or howl, during an eclipse of Byron, this object was at length effected. the moon :- - it was a rare scene altogether The advance of a month's pay by him, and

- if you had but seen the English Johnnies, the discharge of their arrears by the Governwho had never been out of a cockney work- ment, (the latter, too, with money lent for shop before ! — or will again, if they can that purpose by the same universal paymashelp it — and on Sunday, we heard that the ter,) at length induced these rude warriors Vizier is come down to Larissa, with one to depart from the town, and with them vahundred and odd thousand men.

nished all hopes of the expedition against “ In coming here, I had two escapes ; one Lepanto. from the Turks, (one of my vessels was taken, but afterwards released,) and the other from shipwreck. We drove twice on the rocks near the Scrofes (islands near the coast).

“ Missolonghi, Western Greece, March 4. 1824. “I have obtained from the Greeks the My dear Moore, release of eight-and-twenty Turkish prison- “ Your reproach is unfounded — I have ers, men, women, and children, and sent received two letters from you, and answered them to Patras and Prevesa at my own both previous to leaving Cephalonia. I have charges. One little girl of nine years old, not been quiet' in an Ionian island, but who prefers remaining with me, I shall (if I much occupied with business, as the Greek live) send, with her mother, probably, to deputies (if arrived) can tell you. Neither Italy, or to England, and adopt her. Her have I continued • Don Juan,' nor any other name is Hato, or Hatagée. She is a very poem. You go, as usual, I presume, by some pretty lively child. All her brothers were newspaper report or other. 2 killed by the Greeks, and she herself and her “When the proper moment to be of some mother merely spared by special favour and use arrived, I came here ; and am told that owing to her extreme youth, she being then my arrival (with some other circumstances) but five or six years old.

has been of, at least, temporary advantage to My health is now better, and I ride the cause. I had a narrow escape from the about again. My office here is no sinecure, Turks, and another from shipwreck, on my so many parties and difficulties of every kind; passage. On the 15th (or 16th) of February but I will do what I can. Prince Mavro- | I had an attack of apoplexy, or epilepsy, cordato is an excellent person, and does all the physicians have not exactly decided in his power ; but his situation is perplexing which, but the alternative is agreeable. My in the extreme. Still we have great hopes constitution, therefore, remains between the of the success of the contest. You will two opinions, like Mahomet's sarcophagus hear, however, more of public news from between the magnets. All that I can say is,

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I This was a fresh, and, as may be conceived, serious for the moment, and he was sorry that such a mistaken disappointment to Lord Byron. “ The departure of these judgment had been formed of him." men," says Count Gamba, “made us fear that our labo- It is amusing to observe that, while thus anxious, and ratory would come to nothing; for if we tried to supply from a highly noble motive, to throw his authorship into the place of the artificers with native Greeks, we should the shade while engaged in so much more serious purInake but little progress."

suits, it was yet an author's mode of revenge that always 2 Proceeding, as he here rightly supposes, upon news- occurred to him, when under the influence of any of paper authority, I had in my letter made some allusion these passing resentments. Thus, when a little angry to his imputed occupations, which, in his present sensi- with Colonel Stanhope one day, he exclaimed, “I will tiveness on the subject of authorship, did not at all please libel you in your own Chronicle; " and in this brief burst him. To this circumstance Count Gamba alludes in a of humour I was myself the means of provoking in him, passage of his Narrative; where, after mentioning a re- I have been told, on the authority of Count Gamba, that mark of Byron's, that “ Poetry should only occupy the he swore to "write a satire" upon me. idle, and that in more serious affairs it would be ridi- Though the above letter shows how momentary was culous," he adds — “Mr. Moore, at this time writing any little spleen he may have felt, there not unfrequently, to him, said, that he had heard that ' instead of pursuing I own, comes over me a short pang of regret to think heroic and warlike adventures, he was residing in a de- that a feeling of displeasure, however slight, should have Lightful villa, continuing Don Juan,' This offended him

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that they nearly bled me to death, by placing “ Besides the tracts, &c. which you have the leeches too near the temporal artery, so sent for distribution, one of the English ar. that the blood could with difficulty be stop- tificers, (hight Brownbill, a tinman,) left to ped, even with caustic. I am supposed to my charge a number of Greek Testaments, be getting better, slowly, however. But my which I will endeavour to distribute prohomilies will, I presume, for the future, be perly. The Greeks complain that the translike the Archbishop of Grenada's — in this lation is not correct, nor in good Romaic : case, • I order you a hundred ducats from Bambas can decide on that point. I am trymy treasurer, and wish you a little more ing to reconcile the clergy to the distributaste.'

tion, which (without due regard to their " For public matters I refer you to Co- hierarchy) they might contrive to impede or lonel Stanhope's and Capt. Parry's reports, neutralise in the effect, from their power --and to all other reports whatsoever. There over their people. Mr. Brownbill has gone is plenty to do war without, and tumult to the Islands, having some apprehension for within — they • kill a man a week,' like Bob his life, (not from the priests, however,) and Acres in the country. Parry's artificers apparently preferring rather to be a saint than have gone away in alarm, on account of a a martyr, although his apprehensions of be dispute in which some of the natives and coming the latter were probably unfounded. foreigners were engaged, and a Swede was All the English artificers accompanied him, killed, and a Suliote wounded. In the middle thinking themselves in danger on account of of their fright there was a strong shock of some troubles here, which have apparently an earthquake ; so, between that and the subsided. sword, they boomed off in a hurry, in despite “ I have been interrupted by a visit from of all dissuasions to the contrary. A Turkish Prince Mavrocordato and others since I be. brig run ashore, &c. &c. &c. 1

gan this letter, and must close it hastily, for "You, I presume, are either publishing or the boat is announced as ready to sail. Your meditating that same. Let me hear from and future convert, Hato, or Hatagée, appears of you, and believe me, in all events, me lively, and intelligent, and promising, and “ Ever and affectionately yours, possesses an interesting countenance. With

“ N. B. regard to her disposition I can say little, bui “P. S.-Tell Mr. Murray that I wrote to

Millingen, who has the mother (who is a him the other day, and hope that he has re

middle-aged woman of good character) in his ceived, or will receive, the letter.”

house as a domestic (although their family was in good worldly circumstances previons to the Revolution), speaks well of both, and he is to be relied on.

As far as I know, I have only seen the child a few times with “ Missolonghi, March 4. 182A.

her mother, and what I have seen is favour. • My dear Doctor,

able, or I should not take so much interest I have to thank you for your two very in her behalf. If she turns out well, my idea kind letters, both received at the same time, would be to send her to my daughter in Eng and one long after its date. I am not un- land (if not to respectable persons in Italy)

, aware of the precarious state of my health, and so to provide for her as to enable her nor am, nor have been, deceived on that sub

to live with reputation either singly or in ject. But it is proper that I should remain marriage, if she arrive at maturity. I will in Greece ; and it were better to die doing make proper arrangements about her er: something than nothing. My presence here pences through Messrs. Barff and Hancos, has been supposed so far useful as to have and the rest I leave to your discretion and to prevented confusion from becoming worse Mrs. K.'s, with a great sense of obligation confounded, at least for the present. Should for your kindness in undertaking her tenI become, or be deemed useless or super- porary superintendence. fluous, I am ready to retire ; but in the interim I am not to consider personal conse

Of public matters here, I have little to quences; the rest is in the hands of Pro- We are going on as well as we can, and with

add to what you will already have beard vidence, as indeed are all things. I shall, the hope and the endeavour to do better. however, observe your instructions, and in- Believe me, deed did so, as far as regards abstinence, for some time pasto

Ever and truly, &c.

LETTER 549.

TO DR. KENNEDY.

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1 What I have omitted here is but a repetition of the various particulars, respecting all that had happened

since his arrival, which have already been given in the letters to his other correspondents.

LETTER 550.

TO MR. BARFF.

LETTER 552.

TO SR. PARRUCA.

“ March 10. 1824.

The letter of Parruca, to which the fore

“ March 5. 1824. going alludes, contained a pressing invitation “ If Sisseni 1 is sincere, he will be treated loponnesus, where, it was added, his influ

to Lord Byron to present himself in the Pewith, and well treated ; if he is not, the sin

ence would be sure to bring about the union and the shame may lie at his own door. One of all parties. So general, indeed, was the great object is to heal those internal dis- confidence placed in their noble ally, that, sensions for the future, without exacting by every Chief of every faction, he seems to too rigorous an account of the past. Prince

have been regarded as the only rallying point Mavrocordato is of the same opinion, and round which there was the slightest chance whoever is disposed to act fairly will be fairly of their now split and jarring interests being dealt with. I have heard a good deal of Sis- united. A far more flattering, as well as more seni, but not a deal of good : however, I authorised, invitation soon after reached him, never judge from report, particularly in a Re- through an express envoy, from the Chiefvolution. Personally, I am rather obliged to tain Colocotroni, recommending a National him, for he has been very hospitable to all Council, where his Lordship, it was profriends of mine who have passed through his posed, should act as mediator, and pledging district. You may therefore assure him that this Chief himself and his followers to abide any overture for the advantage of Greece by the result. To this application an anand its internal pacification will be readily swer was returned similar to that which he and sincerely met here. I hardly think that

sent to Parruca, and which was in terms as he would have ventured a deceitful proposi- follows: tion to me through you, because he must be sure that in such a case it would eventually be exposed. At any rate, the healing of these dissensions is so important a point, that

Sir, something must be risked to obtain it.”

“ I have the honour of answering your letter. My first wish has always been to bring the Greeks to agree amongst themselves.

I came here by the invitation of the Greek “ Enclosed is an answer to Mr. Parruca's Government, and I do not think that I ought letter, and I hope that you will assure him to abandon Roumelia for the Peloponnesus from me, that I have done and am doing until that Government shall desire it ; and all I can to re-unite the Greeks with the the more so, as this part is exposed in a Greeks,

greater degree to the enemy. Nevertheless, I am extremely obliged by your offer of if my presence can really be of a

any

assistance your country-house (as for all other kind- in uniting two or more parties, I am ready ness) in case that my health should require to go any where, either as a mediator, or, if my removal ; but I cannot quit Greece while necessary, as a hostage. In these affairs I there is a chance of my being of any (even have neither private views, nor private dissupposed) utility :--- there is a stake worth like of any individual, but the sincere wish of millions such as I am, and while I can stand deserving the name of the friend of your at all, I must stand by the cause. When I country, and of her patriots. say this, I am at the same time aware of the

“ I have the honour, &c.” difficulties and dissensions and defects of the Greeks themselves ; but allowance must be made for them by all reasonable people. My chief, indeed nine tenths of my ex

• Missolonghi, March 10. 1824. penses here are solely in advances to or on Sir, behalf of the Greeks ?, and objects connected “I have sent by Mr. J. M. Hodges a with their independence.

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LETTER 551.

TO MR. BARFF.

“ March 10.

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LETTER 353.

TO MR. CHARLES HANCOCK.

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bill drawn on Signor C. Jerostatti for three

1 This Sisseni, who was the Capitano of the rich dis- not amount to less than two thousand dollars per week trict about Gastouni, and had for some time held out in rations alone." In another place this writer says, against the General Government, was now, as appears by

“ The Greeks seemed to think he was a mine from which the above letter, making overtures, through Mr. Barff, they could extract gold at their pleasure. One person of adhesion. As a proof of his sincerity, it was required represented that a supply of 20,000 dollars would save by Lord Byron that he should surrender into the hands the island of Candia from falling into the hands of the of the Government the fortress of Chiarenza.

Pacha of Egypt ; and there not being that sum in hand, 2." At this time (February 14th),” says Mr. Parry, who Lord Byron gave him authority to raise it if he could in kept the accounts of his Lordship's disbursements, "the the Islands, and he would guarantee its repayment. I expenses of Lord Byron in the cause of the Greeks did believe this person did not succeed.” [See BYRONIANA.)

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hundred and eighty-six pounds, on account but this is the land of liberty, where most of the Hon. the Greek Committee, for carry- people do as they please, and few as they ing on the service at this place. But Count ought. Delladecima sent no more than two hundred “I have not written, nor am inclined to dollars until he should receive instructions write, for that or for any other paper, but from C. Jerostatti. Therefore I am obliged have suggested to them, over and over, a to advance that sum to prevent a positive change of the motto and style. However, stop being put to the laboratory service at I do not think that it will turn out either an this place, &c. &c.

irreligious or a levelling publication, and they “ I beg you will mention this business to promise due respect to both churches and Count Delladecima, who has the draft and things, i.e. the editors do. every account, and that Mr. Barff, in con- “ If Bambas would write for the Greek junction with yourself, will endeavour to ar- Chronicle, he might have bis own price for range this money account, and, when received, articles. forward the same to Missolonghi.

“ There is a slight demur about Hato's “I am, Sir, yours very truly. voyage, her mother wishing to go with ber, “ So far is written by Captain Parry ; but which is quite natural

, and I have not the

heart to refuse it ; for even Mahomet made I see that I must continue the letter myself. I understand little or nothing of the business, Child 'should never be separated from the

a law, that in the division of captives, the saving and except that, like most of the present affairs here, it will be at a stand-still if mother. But this may make a difference in monies be not advanced, and there are few the arrangement, although the poor woman here so disposed; so that I must take the (who has lost half her family in the war) is, chance, as usual.

as I said, of good character, and of mature You will see what can be done with age, so as to render her respectability not Delladecima and Jerostatti

, and remit the liable to suspicion. She has heard, it seems, sum, that we may have some quiet ; for the from Prevesa, that her husband is no longer Committee have somehow embroiled their there. I have consigned your Bibles to Dr. matters, or chosen Greek correspondents Meyer ; and I hope that the said Doctor more Grecian than ever the Greeks are wont

may justify your confidence; nevertheless, to be.

I shall keep an eye upon him. You may de“ Yours ever,

Nl, BN. pend upon my giving the Society as fair play

as Mr. Wilberforce himself would ; and any “P. S. — A thousand thanks to Muir for other commission for the good of Greae his cauliflower, the finest I ever saw or tasted, will meet with the same attention on my and, I believe, the largest that ever grew out part. of Paradise, or Scotland. I have written

“I am trying, with some hope of eventual to quiet Dr. Kennedy about the newspaper success, to re-unite the Greeks, especially (with which I have nothing to do as a writer, as the Turks are expected in force, and that please to recollect and say). I told the fools shortly. We must meet them as we may, of conductors that their motto would play and fight it out as we can. the devil ; but, like all mountebanks, they “ I rejoice to hear that your school prospersisted. Gamba, who is any thing but pers, and I assure you that your good wishes lucky, had something to do with it ; and, as

are reciprocal. The weather is so much usual, the moment he had, matters went finer, that I get a good deal of moderate ex. wrong. It will be better, perhaps, in time. ercise in boats and on horseback, and am will. But I write in haste, and have only time to ing to hope that my health is not worse than say, before the boat sails, that I am ever when you kindly wrote to me. Dr. Bruno Yours,

N. BN.

can tell you that I adhere to your regimen, “P. S. – Mr. Findlay is here, and has re

and more, for I do not eat any meat, even ceived his money.”

fish.

“Believe me ever, &c.

“P.S. — The mechanics (six in number) : Missolonghi, March 10. 1824. were all pretty much of the same mind.

Brownbill was but one. Perhaps they are “You could not disapprove of the motto less to blame than is imagined, since Colocel to the Telegraph more than I did, and do ; Stanhope is said to have told them, that ke

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LETTER 554.

TO DR. KENNEDY.

“Dear Sir,

1 He had a notion that Count Gamba was destined to to it to get rid of importunity, and, it may be, kr be unfortunate,- that he was one of those ill-starred Gamba out of mischief.

At any rate, he can persons with whom every thing goes wrong. In speaking nothing that is of less importance.” (See BTRONIANA.) of this newspaper to Parry, he said, “I have subscribed

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LETTER 555.

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could not positively say their lives were safe.' I very first I foretold to Col. Stanhope and to
should like to know where our life is safe, P. Mavrocordato that a Greek newspaper
either here or any where else? With regard (or indeed any other), in the present state of
to a place of safety, at least such hermetically Greece, might and probably would tend to
sealed safety as these persons appeared to much mischief and misconstruction, unless
desiderate, it is not to be found in Greece, at under some restrictions; nor have I ever had
any rate ; but Missolonghi was supposed to any thing to do with either, as a writer or
be the place where they would be useful, and otherwise, except as a pecuniary contributor
their risk was no greater than that of others.” to their support in the outset, which I could

not refuse to the earnest request of the pro-
TO COLONEL STANHOPE. jectors. Col. Stanhope and myself had con-

siderable differences of opinion on this sub-
Missolonghi, March 19. 1824. ject, and (what will appear laughable enough)
“My dear Stanhope,

to such a degree, that he charged me with
“ Prince Mavrocordato and myself will despotic principles, and I him with ultra radi-
go to Salona to meet Ulysses, and you may calism.
be very sure that P. M. will accept any pro- “Dr. Meyer, the editor, with his unre-
position for the advantage of Greece. Parry strained freedom of the press, and who has
is to answer for himself on his own articles 1: the freedom to exercise an unlimited discre-
if I were to interfere with him, it would only tion, not allowing any article but his own
stop the whole progress of his exertion ; and and those like them to appear, — and in de-
he is really doing all that can be done with claiming against restrictions, cuts, carves, and
out more aid from the Government.

restricts (as they tell me) at his own will and
“What can be spared will be sent ; but I pleasure. He is the author of an article
refer you to Captain Humphries's report, and against Monarchy, of which he may have the
to Count Gamba's letter for details upon all advantage and fame— but they (the editors)
subjects.

will get themselves into a scrape, if they do
* In the hope of seeing you soon, and de- not take care.
ferring much that will be said till then, “ Of all petty tyrants, he is one of the

“ Believe me ever, &c. pettiest, as are most demagogues, that ever
“P. S. — Your two letters (to me) are

I knew. He is a Swiss by birth, and a Greek sent to Mr. Barff, as you desire. Pray re

by assumption, having married a wife and

changed his religion. member me particularly to Trelawney, whom

“I shall be very glad, and am extremely anx-
I shall be very much pleased to see again.”

ious for some favourable result to the recent
pacific overtures of the contending parties in

the Peloponnese."

“ March 19. “ As Count Mercati is under some apprehensions of a direct answer to him personally on Greek affairs, I reply (as you authorised me) to you, who will have the goodness to “If the Greek deputies (as seems probable) communicate to him the enclosed. It is the have obtained the Loan, the sums I have adjoint answer of Prince Mavrocordato and of vanced may perhaps be repaid ; but it would

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, to Signor Georgio Sisseni's proposi- make no great difference, as I should still tions. You may also add, both to him and spend that in the cause, and more to boot to Parruca, that I am perfectly sincere in de- though I should hope to better purpose siring the most amicable termination of their than paying off arrears of fleets that sail away, internal dissensions, and that I believe P. and Suliotes that won't march, which, they Mavrocordato to be so also ; otherwise 1 say, what has hitherto been advanced has would not act with him, or any other, whether been employed in. But that was not my native or foreigner.

affair, but of those who had the disposal of af“ If Lord Guilford is at Zante, or, if he is fairs, and I could not decently say to them, not, if Signor Tricupi is there, you would You shall do so and so, because,&c. &c.&c.' oblige me by presenting my respects to one “In a few days P. Mavrocordato and myor both, and by telling them, that from the self, with a considerable escort, intend to

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LETTER 556.

TO MR, BARFF.

LETTER 557.

TO MR. BARFF.

“ March 23.

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Colonel Stanhope had, at the instance of the Chief considered it prudent, at this time, to weaken their Odysseus, written to request that some stores from the means for defending Missolonghi, and accordingly sent laboratory at Missolonghi might be sent to Athens. back hy the messenger but a few barrels of powder. (See Neither Prince Mavrocordato, however, nor Lord Byron | BYRONIANA)

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