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LIFE OF LORD BYRON.
TO MR. MURRAY.
« Venice, April 9. 1817. “Your letters of the 18th and 20th are arrived. In my own I have given you the rise, progress, decline, and fall, of my recent malady. It is gone to the devil: I won't pay him so bad a compliment as to say it came from him ; he is too much of a gentle
It was nothing but a slow fever, which quickened its pace towards the end of its journey. I had been bored with it some weeks with nocturnal burnings and morning perspirations; but I am quite well again, which I attribute to having had neither medicine nor doctor thereof.
In a few days I set off for Rome: such is my purpose. I shall change it very often before Monday next, but do you continue to direct and address to Venice, as heretofore. If I go, letters will be forwarded : I say “ifi' because I never know what I shall do till it is done ; and as I mean most firmly to