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but make it what you please; only I do implore, for had they, in that case, been preferred, it would have my own gratification, one lash on those accursed been asserted that I was known, and owed the prequadrupeds a long shot, Sir Lucius, if you love ference to private friendship. This is what we shall me. I have altered wave,' &c., and the fire,' and probably have to encounter, but, if once spoken and so forth, for the timid.
approved, we shan't be much embarrassed by their “Let me hear from you when convenient, and brilliant conjectures, and, as to criticism, an old aubelieve me, &c.
thor, like an old bull, grows cooler (or ought) at
night of deliveryafterward, the more the better,
myriads of ironical Addresses ready-some, in imi-
tation of what is call'd my style. If they are as good
as the Probationary Odes, or Hawkins' Pipe of ToTO LORD HOLLAND.
bacco, it will not be bad fun for the imitated. “ Sept. 30, 1812.
“Ever, &c." “I send you the most I can make of it; for I am not so well as I was, and find I pall in resolution.'
"I wish much to see you, and will be at Tetbury by twelve on Saturday; and from thence I go on to
LETTER CXL. Lord Jersey's. It is impossible not to allude to the degraded state of the stage, but I have lightened it,
TO LORD HOLLAND. and endeavored to obviate your other objections.
“October 2, 1812. There is a new couplet for Sheridan, allusive to his « A copy of this still altered is sent by the post. Monody. All the alterations I have marked thus 1, but this will arrive first. It must be humbler'
as you will see by comparison with the other copy yet aspiring' does away the modesty, and, after
"I shall be at Tetbury by twelve or one-but send "You will find a sort of clap-trap laudatory this for you to ponder over. There are several little couplet inserted for the quiet of the Committee, things marked thus altered for your perusal. I and I have added, towards the end, the couplet you have dismounted the cavalry, and, 'I hope, arranged were pleased to like. The whole Address is seventy- to your general satisfaction
on Ever. Be three lines, still perhaps too long, and, if shortened, • At 'Tetbury by noon. I hope, after it is sent. you will save time, but, I fear, a little of what there will be no more elisions. It is not now so meant for sense also.
long--seventy-three lines--two less than allotted. "With myriads of thanks, I am ever, &c. I will alter all committee obiections, but I hope you “My sixteenth edition of respects to Lady H. won't permit Elliston to have any voice whatever, How she must laugh at all this!
except in speaking it.”. "I wish Murray, my publisher, to print off some copies as soon as your lordship returns to town-it will ensure correctness in the papers afterward."
TO MR. MURRAY.
“ High street, Cheltenham, Sept. 5, 1812.
“Pray have the goodness to send those despatch.
es, and a No. of the Edinburgh Review with the " Far be from him that hour which asks in vain
rest. I hope you have written to Mr. Thompson, Tears such as flow for Garrick in his strain ;
thankerl him in my name for his present, and told Far be that hour that vainly asks in turn
him that I shall be truly happy to comply with his crown'd his
request. How do you go on? and when is the Such verse for him as wept o'er Garrick's uru,"
graven image, 'with bays and wicked rhyme upon't,' “Sept. 30, 1812.
to grace, or disgrace, some of our tardy editions ? 6Will you choose between these added to the lo
"Send me "Rokeby. Who the devil is he?-no lines on Sheridan ? * I think they will wind up theling
matter, he has good connexions, and will be well panegyric, and agree with the train of thought pre-so so, but my thermometer is sadly below the poeti
introduced. I thank you for your inquiries: I am ceding them. "Now one word as to the Committee-how could
cal point. What will you give me or mine for a pothey resolve on a rough copy of an Address never
11em of six cantos, (when complete no rhyme, no resent in, unless you had been good enough to retain |
compense,) as like the last two as I can make them ?
I have some ideas that one day may be embodied, in memory, or on paper, the thing they have been
and till winter I shall have much leisure. good enough to adopt ? By-the-by, the circumstances of the case should make the committee less
“P. S. My last question is in the true style of • ayidus gloriæ,' for all praise of them would look Grub street; but, like Jeremy Diddler, I only 'ask plaguv suspicious. If necessary to be stated at all, for information.'. Send me Adair on Diet and Regi. the simple facts bear them out. They surely had a right to act as they pleased. My sole object is one which. I trust, my whole conduct has shown: viz.! that I did nothing insidious-sent in no Address whatever--but, when applied to, did my best for them and myself; but above all, that there was no undue
LETTER CXLII. partiality, which will be what the rejected will endeavor to make out. Fortunately-most fortunately
TO MR. MURRAY. I sent in no lines on the occasion. For I am sure that
"Cheltenham, Sept. 14, 1812. * These added lines as may be seen by reference to the printed Address,
Address « The parcels contained some letters and versas, were not retained.
all (but one) anonymous and complimentary, and
very anxious for my conversion from certain infidel-, even from among the superabundance of friends ities into which my good-natured correspondents with whom you suppose me surrounded. conceive me to have fallen. The books were pres- "You have heard that Newstead * is sold-the ents of a convertible kind. Also, Christian know- sum 140,0001.; sixty to remain in mortgage on the ledge' and the 'Bioscope,' a religious Dial of Life estate for three years, paying interest, of course. explained ; and to the author of the former, (Cadell Rochdale is also likely to do well-so my worldly publisher,) I beg you will forward my best thanks matters are mending. I have been here some time, for his letter, his present, and, above all, his good drinking the waters simply because there are waters intentions. The Bioscope' contained a MS. copy to drink, and they are very medicinal, and suffiof very excellent verses, from whom I know not, ciently disgusting. In a few days I set out for Lord but evidently the composition of some one in the Jersey's, but return here, where I am quite alone, habit of writing, and of writing well. I do not know go out very little, and enjoy in its fullest extent the if he be the author of the · Bioscope' which accom-.dolce far niente.' What you are about, I cannot panied them; but whoever he is, if you can discover guess, even from your date; not dancing to the him, thank him for me most heartily. The other sound of the gitourney in the Halls of the Lowthers ? letters were from ladies, who are welcome to convert one of whom is here, ill, poor thing! with a phthisic. me when they please ; and if I can discover them, I heard that you passed through here (at the sordid and they be young, as they say they are, I could inn where I first alighted) the very day before I arconvince them perhaps of my devotion. I had also rived in these parts. We had a very pleasant set a letter from Mr. Walpole on matters of this world, here; at first the Jerseys, Melbournes, Cowpers, which I have answered.
and Hollands-but all gone; and the only persons “So you are Lucien's publisher? I am promised I know are the Rawdons and Oxfords, with some an interview with him, and think I shall ask you for later acquaintances of less brilliant descent. a letter of introduction, as the gods have made “But I do not trouble them much; and as for him poetical.' From whom could it come with a your rooms and your assemblies, they are not better grace than from his publisher and mine? Is dreamed of in our philosophy !!! Did you read of it not somewhat treasonable in you to have to do a sad accident in the Wye t' other day ?-a dozen with a relative of the direful foe,' as the Morning drowned, and Mr. Rossoe, a corpulent gentleman, Post calls his brother?
preserved by a boat-hook or an eel-spear, begged, " But my book on Diet and Regimen,' where is when he heard his wife was saved-no-lost--to be it? I thirst for Scott's • Rokeby; let me have thrown in again!!-as if he could not have thrown your first-begotten copy. The Antijacobin Review himself in, had he wished it; but this passes for a is all very well, and not a bit worse than the Quar- trait of sensibility. What strange beings men are, terly, and at least less harmless. By the by, have in and out of Wye! you secured my books? I want all the Reviews, at “I have to ask you a thousand pardons for not least the critiques, quarterly, monthly, &c., Portu- fulfilling some orders before I left town; but if you guese and English, extracted, and bound up in one knew all the cursed entanglements I had to wade volume for my old age; and pray, sort my Romaic through, it would be unnecessary to beg your forgivebooks, and get the volumes lent to Mr. Hobhouse-ness. When will Parliament (the new one) meet? he has had them now a long time. If any thing oc- in sixty days, on account of Ireland, I presume; curs, you will favor me with a line, and in winter the Irish election will demand a longer period for we shall be nearer neighbors.
completion than the constitutional allotment. Yours, "P. S. I was applied to, to write the Address for of course, is safe, and all your side of the question. Drury Lane; but the moment I heard of the con- bal
Salamanca is the ministerial watchword, and all will test, I gave up the idea of contending against all 80
allgo well with you. I hope you will speak more freGrub street, and threw a few thoughts on the sub-1 quently I am sure at least you ought, and it will ject into the fire. I did this out of respect to you,
be expected. I see Portman means to stand again. being sure you would have turned off any of your Good night. authors who had entered the lists with such scurvy
“Ever yours most affectionately, competitors. To triumph would have been no glory;
« Nwalp@v." and to have been defeated—'sdeath !-I would have choked myself, like Otway, with a quartern loaf; so, remember I had, and have, nothing to do with it, upon my honor!”.
TO MR. MURRAY.
“Cheltenham, Sept. 27, 1812. “I sent in no address whatever to the committee;
but out of nearly one hundred, (this is confidential,) TO MR. WILLIAM BANKES.
none have been deemed worth acceptance; and in
consequence of their subsequent application to me, I
“Cheltenham, Sept. 28, 1812. have written a prologue, which has been received, “MY DEAR BANKES,
and will be spoken. The MS. is now in the hands " When you point out to one how people can be of Lord Holland. intimate at the distance of some seventy leagues, I “I write this merely to say that (however it is rewill plead guilty to your charge, and accept your fare-ceived by the audience) you will publish it in the well, but not wittingly, till you give me some better next edition of Childe Harold; and I only beg you reason than my silence, which merely proceeded at present to keep my name secret till you hear from a notion founded on your own declaration of farther from me, and as soon as possible I wish you old, that you hated writing and receiving letters. to have a correct copy to do with as you think Besides, how was I to find out a man of many resi-proper. dences ? If I had addressed you now, it had been "P.S. I should wish a few copies printed off to your borough, where I must have conjectured you before, that the newspaper copies may be correct were among your constituents. So now, in despite then
after the delivery." of Mr. N. and Lady W., you shall be as much better' as the Hexam post-office will allow me to make you. I do assure you I am much indebted to
• The sale was afterwards cancelled. you for thinking of me at all, and can't spare you
† A mode of signature he frequently adapted.
| Busby's entire) inserted in several of the papers,
(correctly, and copied correctly; my hand is diffi. TO MR. MURRAY.
cult, 1-particularly the Morning Chronicle? Tell
Mr. Perry I forgive him all he has said, and may “Cheltenham, Oct. 12, 1812. say against my address, but he will allow me to deal I have a very strong objection to the engraving with the doctor-audi alteram partem) and not of the portrait, and request that it may, on no ac- betray me. I cannot think what has befallen Mr. count, be prefixed; but let all the proofs be burned, Perry, for of yore we were very good friends ;-but and the plate broken. I will be at the expense no matter, only get this inserted. which has been incurred; it is but fair that I should, “I have a poem on Waltzing for you, of which I since I cannot permit the publication. I beg, as a make you a present; but it must be anonymous. It particular favor, that you will lose no time in having is in the old style of English Bards and Scotch Rethis done, for which I have reasons that I will state, viewers. when I see you. Forgive all the trouble I have "P.S. With the next edition of Childe Harold occasioned you.
you may print the first fifty or a hundred opening “ I have received no account of the reception of lines of the Curse of Minerva,' down to the couplet the Address, but see it is vituperated in the papers, beginning which does not much embarrass an old author. I
" Mortal ('twas thus she spake) &c. leave it to your own judgment to add it, or not, to your next edition when required. Pray comply Of course, the moment the Satire begins there you strictly with my wishes as to the engraving, and be- will stop, and the opening is the best part." lieve me, &c.
"P.S. Favor me with an answer, as I shall not be easy till I hear that the proofs, &c., are destroyed. I hear that the Satirist has reviewed Childe Harold, in what manner I need not ask; but I wish to know
LETTER CXLVIII. if the old personalities are revived ? I have a better reason for asking this than any that merely con
TO MR. MURRAY. cerns myself; but in publications of that kind,
"Oct. 19, 1812. others, particularly female names are sometimes
"Many thanks, but I must pay the damage, and introduced.”
will thank you to tell me the amount for the engraving. I think the "Rejected Addresses' by far
the best thing of the kind since the Rolliad, and LETTER CXLVI.
wish you had published them. Tell the author "I
forgive him, were he twenty times over a satirist;' TO LORD HOLLAND.
and think his imitations not at all inferior to the
famous ones of Hawkins Browne. He must be a
66 Cheltenham, Oct. 14, 1812. man of very lively wit, and less scurrilous than “ MY DEAR LORD,
wits often are: altogether, I very much admire the "I perceive that the papers, yea, even Perry's, performance, and wish it all success. The Satirist are somewhat ruffled at the injudicious preference has taken a new tone, as you will see: we have now, of the Committee. My friend Perry has, indeed, I
rry has, indeed, I think, finis
. I et tu Bute'-d me rather scurvily, for which I will have in hand a Satire on Waltzing, * which you must send him, for the M. C.* the next epigram I scrib-publish anonymously; it is not long, not quite two ble, as a token of my full forgiveness.
hundred lines, but will make a very small boarded "Do the Committe mean to enter into no expla-pamphlet. In a few days you shall have it. nation of their proceedings? You must see there "P.S. The editor of the Satirist ought to be is a leaning towards a charge of partiality. You thanked for his revocation; it is done handsomely, will, at least, acquit me of any great anxiety to after five years' warfare." push myself before so many elder and better anonymous, to whom the twenty guineas (which I take to be about two thousand pounds Bank currency) and the honor would have been equally welcome. • Honor,' I see, 'hath no skill in paragraph
LETTER CXLIX. writing.
“I wish to know how it went off at the second reading, and whether any one has had the grace to
TO MR. MURRAY.
“Oct. 23, 1812. give it a glance of approbation. I have seen no pa-| per but Perry's, and two Sunday ones. Perry is
" Thanks, as usual. You go on boldly; but severe, and the others silent. If, however, you and
alhave a care of glutting the public, who have by this
time had enough of Childe Harold. Waltzing' your Committee are not now dissatisfied with your own judgments, I shall not much embarrass myself
Syf shall be prepared. It is rather above two hundred about the brilliant remarks of the journals. My
lines, with an introductory Letter to the Publisher.
I think of publishing, with Childe Harold, the own opinion upon it is what it always was, per
opening lines of the Curse of Minerva,'t as far as haps pretty near that of the public.
the first speech of Pallas,-because some of the 6 Believe me, my dear lord, &c. &c. “P. S. My best respects to Lady H. whose smiles
mics readers like that part better than any I have ever will be very consolatory, even at this distance."
written, and as it contains nothing to affect the subDr. Busby, entitled a Monologue, of which the Parody was enclosed in thit letter. The first four lines of the Doctor's Address are as follows:
" When energizing objects men pursue, LETTER CXLVII.
What are the prodigies they cannot do?
A magic edifice you here survey,
Shot from the ruins of the other day 1"
Which verses are thus ridiculed in the Parody:" Cheltelham, Oct. 18, 1812.
""When energizing objects men pursue,' « Will you have the goodness to get this Parody
The Lord knows what is writ by Lord knows who 1 of a peculiar kindt (for all the first lines are
"A modest monologue you here survey,'
Hiss'd from the theatre the other day.'" • The Morning Chronicle, of which Mr. Perry was the proprietor.
* See Poems, p. 480. * Among the Addresses sent in to the Drury-Lane Committee was one by t See Poems, p. 483.
ject of the subsequent portion, it will find a place!
LETTER CLI. as a Descriptive Fragment. “The plate is broken !--between ourselves, it was
TO MR. WILLIAM BANKES. unlike the picture, and besides, upon the whole, the
6 December 28. frontispiece of an author's visage is but a paltry " The multitude of your recommendations has alexhibition. At all events, this would have been no ready superseded my humble endeavors to be of use recommendation to the book. I am sure Sanders to you, and, indeed, most of my principal friend would not have survived the engraving. By-the-are returned. Leake from Joanina, Canning and by, the picture may remain with you or him (which Adair from the city of the faithful, and at Smyrna you please) till my return. The one of two re-no letter is necessary, as the consuls are always maining copies is at your service till I can give you willing to do every thing for personages of respecta a better; the other must be burned peremptorily. bility. I have sent you three, one to Gibralter, Again, do not forget that I have an account with which, though of no great necessity, will, perhaps, you, and that this is included. I give you too much put you on a more intimate footing with a very trouble to allow you to incur cxpense also.
pleasant family there. You will very soon find out “You best know how far this ' Address riot' will that a man of any consequence has very little ocaffect the future sale of Childe Harold. I like the casion for any letters but to ministers and bankers, volume of · Rejected Addresses' better and better. and of them you have already plenty, I will be The other parody which Perry has received is mine sworn. also, (I believe.) It is Dr. Busby's speech versified. “It is by no means improbable, that I shall go in You are removing to Albemarle street, I find, and I the spring, and if you will fix any place of rendezrejoice that we shall be nearer neighbors. I am vous about August, I will write or join you. When going to Lord Oxford's, but letters here will be for- in Albania, I wish you would inquire after Dervise warded. When at leisure, all communications from Tahiri and Vascillie, (or Basil,) and make my reyou will be willingly received by the humblest of spects to the viziers, both there and in the Morea. your scribes. Did Mr. Ward write the review of If you mention my name to Suleyman of Thebes, I Horne Tooke's Life in the Quarterly? it is ex- think it will not hurt you; if I had my dragoman, cellent."
or wrote Turkish, I could have given you letters of real service; but to the English they are hardly requisite, and the Greeks themselves can be of little
advantage. Liston you know already, and I do not, LETTER CL.
as he was not then minister. Mind you visit Ephe
sus and the Troad, and let me hear from you when TO MR. MURRAY.
you please. I believe G. Forresti is now at Yanina,
but if not, whoever is there will be too happy to as
“Cheltenham, Nov. 22, 1812. sist you. Be particular about firmauns, never al6. On my return here from Lord Oxford's I found low yourself to be bullied, for you are better your obliging note, and will thank you to retain the protected in Turkey than any where; trust not the letters, and other subsequent ones to the same ad-Greeks; and take some knicknakeries for presents dress, till I arrive in town to claim them, which will watches, pistols, &c., &c., to the Beys and Paprobably be in a few days. I have in charge a cu- chas. If you find one Demetrius, at Athens or elserious and very long MS. poem written by Lord where, I can recommend him as a good dragoman. I Brooke, (the friend of Sir Philip Sidney,) which I hope to join you, however; but you will find swarms wish to submit to the inspection of Mr. Gifford, of English now in the Levant. with the following queries :-first, whether it has
"Believe me, &c." ever been published, and, secondly (if not,) whether it is worth publication. It is from Lord Oxford's library, and must have escaped or been overlooked among the MSS. of the Harleian Miscellany. The
LETTER CLII. writing is Lord Brooke's, except a different hand towards the close. It is very long, and in the six-line
TO MR. MURRAY. stanza. It is not for me to hazard an opinion upon
“ February 20, 1813. its merits; but I would take the liberty, if not too! "In · Horace in London,' I perceive some stantroublesome, to submit it to Mr. Gifford's judgment, zas on Lord Elgin, in which (waiving the kind which, from his excellent edition of Massinger, I compliment to myself), I heartily concur. I wish should conceive to be as decisive on the writings of I had the pleasure of Mr. Smith's acquaintance, as that age as on those of our own.
I could communicate the curious anecdote you "Now for a less agreeable and important topic. read in Mr. T.'s letter. If he would like it, he can How came Mr. Mac-Somebody, without consulting have the substance for his second edition; if not, I you or me, to prefix the Address to his volume* of shall add it to our next, though I think we already
Dejected Addresses ?' Is not this somewhat lar- have enough of Lord Elgin. cenous ? I think the ceremony of leave might have “What I have read of this work seems admibeen asked, though I have no objection to the thing rably done. My praise, however, is not much itself; and leave the ‘hundred and leeven' to tire worth the author's having; but you may thank him themselves with "base comparisons. I should in my name for his. The idea is new-we have exthink the ingenuous public tolerably sick of the cellent imitations of the Satires, &c., by Pope; but I subject, and, except the Parodies, I have not inter- remember but one imitative Ode in his works, and fered, nor shall; indeed I did not know that Dr. none anywhere else. I can hardly suppose that Busby had published his Apologetical Letter and they have lost any fame by the fate of the farce; Postscript, or I should have recalled them. But I but even should this be the case, the present confess I looked upon his conduct in a different light publication will again place them on their pinnacle. before its appearance. I see some mountebank has
“Yours, &c." taken Alderman Birch's name to vituperate Dr. Busby; he had much better have pilfered his pastry, which I should imagine the more valuable ingredi
LETTER CLIII. ent-at least for a puff. Pray secure me a copy of Woodfall's new Junius, and believe me, &c."
TO MR. ROGERS.
“ March 25, 1813. • “The genuine Rejected Addresses, presented to the Committee of Man arement for Drury-Lane Theatre : preceded by that written by Lord Byron. “I enclose you a draft for the usurious interest and adopted by the Coinmittec:"-publiw'red by B. MeMillan.
due to Lord **'s protégé ;-I also could wish you
would state thus much for ine to his lordship. I bells. Mr. Hobhouse's quarto will be out immedi. Though the transaction speaks plainly in itself for ately; pray send to the author for an early copy, the horrower's folly and the lender's usury, it never which I wish to take abroad with me. was my intention to quash the demand, as I legally "P.S. I see the Examiner threatens some obmight, nor to withhold payment of principal, or, servations upon you next week. What can you perhaps, even unlawful interest. You know what have done to share the wrath which has heretofore iny situation has been, and what it is. I have parted been principally expended upon the Prince I with an estate, (which has been in my family for presume all your Scribleri will be drawn up in batnearly three hundred years, and was never disgraced tle array in defence of the modern Tonson- Mr. by being in possession of a lawyer, a churchman, or Bucke, for instance. a woman, during that period,) to liquidate this and “Send in my account to Bennet street, as I wish similar demands; and the payment of the purchase to settle it before sailing." is still withheld, and may be, perhaps, for years. If, therefore, I am under the necessity of making those persons wait for their inoney, (which, considering the terms, they can afford to suffer, it is my misfortune.
LETTER CLVI. “When I arrived at majority in 1809, I offered my own security on legal interest, and it was refused.
TO MR. MURRAY. Now, I will not accede to this. This man I may have seen, but I have no recollection of the names
“ Maidenhead, June 13, 1813. of any parties but the agents and the securities.
66* * * I have read the Strictures,'* which The moment I can, it is assuredly my intention to are just enough, and not grossly abusive, in very pay my debts. This person's case may be a hard fair couplets. There is a note against Massinger one; but, under all circumstances, what is mine? near the end, and one cannot quarrel with one's I could not foresee that the purchaser of my estate company, at any rate. The author detects some was to demur in paying for it.
incongruous figures in a passage of English Bards, " I am glad it happens to be in my power so far page 23, but which edition I do not know. In the to accommodate my Israelite, and only wish I could sole copy in your possession-I mean the fifth do as much for the rest of the Twelve Tribes. edition-you may make these alterations, that I “Ever yours, dear R.
may profit (though a little too late) by his remarks: “ BN." For hellish instinct,' substitute brutal instinct;'
harpies' alter to "felons ;' and for 'blood-hounds' write "hell-hounds.' These be very bitter words, by my troth,' and the alterations not much sweeter;
but as I shall not publish the thing, they can do no LETTER CLIV.
harm, but are a satisfaction to me in the way of
amendment. The passage is only twelve lines. TO MR. MURRAY.
“ You do not answer me about H.'s book; I want
to write to him, and not to say any thing unpleas« Westall has, I believe, agreed to illustrate ing. If you direct to post-office, Portsmouth, till your book,* and I fancy one of the engravings will called for, I will send and receive your letter. You be from the pretty little girl you saw the other day, tl never told me of the forthcoming critique on Cothough without her name, and merely as a model lumbus, which is not too fair; and I do not think for some sketch connected with the subject. I justice quite done to the Pleasures,'t which surely would also have the portrait (which you saw to-day) entitle the author to a higher rank than that assigned of the friend who is mentioned in the text at the him in the Quarterly. But I must not cavil at the close of Canto first, and in the notes, which are decisions of the invisible infallibles ; and the article subjects sufficient to authorize that addition.” is very well written. The general horror of frag
ments' makes me tremulous for the Giaour ; but you would publish it-I presume, by this time, to
your repentance. But as I consented, whatever be Early in the spring he brought out, anonymously, its fate, I won't now quarrel with you, even though his poem on Waltzing, which, though full of very I detect it in my pastry; but I shall not open a pie lively satire, fell so far short of what was now ex-without apprehension for some weeks. pected from him by the public, that the disavowal - The books which may be marked G. O., I will of it, which, as we see by the following letter, he carry out. Do you know Clarke's Naufragia ? I thought right to put forth, found ready credence. am told that he asserts the first volume of Robinson
Crusoe was written by the first Lord Oxford, when in the Tower, and given by him to Defoe; if true, it is a curious anecdote. Have you got back Lord
Brooke's MS.? and what does Heber say of it? LETTER CLV.
Write to me at Portsmouth,
“Ever yours, &c.
“N.' TO MR. MURRAY.
“April 21, 1813. “I shall be in town by Sunday next, and will call and have some conversation on the subject of West
LETTER CLVII. all's designs. I am to sit to him for a picture at the request of a friend of mine, and as Sanders's is
TO MR. MURRAY. not a good one, you will probably prefer the other.
« June 18, 1813. I wish you to have Sanders's taken down and sent “ DEAR SIR, to my lodgings immediately-before my arrival. I " Will you forward the enclosed answer to the hear that a certain malicious publication on Waltz kindest letter I ever received in my life, my sense ing is attributed to me. This report, I suppose, of which I can neither express to Mr. Gifford himyou will take care to contradict, as the author, I am self nor to any one else. sure, will not like that I should wear his cap and
ON.” * A new edition of Childe Harold. † Lady Charlotte Harley, to whom, under the name of lanthe, the intro * On the Satire, by Mr. Crowe.
† See English Bards. ductory lines to Childe Harold were afterward addressed.
Poems, by Mr. Rogers.