LORD  BYRON  and  his  TIMES
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Samuel Rogers and his Contemporaries
Lord Byron to Samuel Rogers, 23 January 1816

Vol. I Contents
Chapter I. 1803-1805.
Chapter II. 1805-1809.
Chapter III. 1810-1812.
Chapter IV. 1813-1814.
Chapter V. 1814-1815.
Chapter VI. 1815-1816.
Chapter VII. 1816-1818.
Chapter VIII. 1818-19.
Chapter IX. 1820-1821.
Chapter X. 1822-24.
Chapter XI. 1825-1827.
Vol. II Contents
Chapter I. 1828-1830.
Chapter II. 1831-34.
Chapter III. 1834-1837.
Chapter IV. 1838-41.
Chapter V. 1842-44.
Chapter VI. 1845-46.
Chapter VII. 1847-50.
Chapter VIII. 1850
Chapter IX. 1851.
Chapter X. 1852-55.
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‘Jn 23rd, 1816.

‘Dear Rogers,—I am sorry that I cannot dine with you to-day. I have not lately been very well and am under sentence of pill and potion for an attack of liver, &c.

‘You may set your heart at rest on poor G.’s business. Murray, when it came to the point, demurred, and though not exactly refusing, gave such sort of answers as determine me to take the MS. away and not publish at all.

‘With regard to his offer, I can only say that some weeks ago he even pressed it upon me so far as (after I had returned his draft) to lay the money upon the table if I would consent to a separate publication: this I refused, because the pieces were in my opinion better adapted for, and at any rate safer in, the collection he had got together, and for this purpose I told him he was welcome to them for nothing. I never said, nor meaned to say, that if he was permitted to publish separately, that the purchase of the copyrights would not be accepted. When you sent me Mackintosh’s letter, I felt inclined to comply with its suggestion, and went to Murray, at the same time telling him my reason; in this at the time he
acquiesced; but since, on my sending to him that it was thought a smaller sum would do for
Mr. G., &c., he returns me an answer which—in short—it is no matter.

‘I am sorry for the trouble you have had on this occasion, and still more that I have failed in being of any use to Mr. Gn. Pray explain to Sir J. Mackintosh for me, and believe me,

‘Ever yours most truly,