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Lord Byron to John M. B. Pigot, 16 August 1806

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“Piccadilly, August 16th, 1806.

“I cannot exactly say with Cæsar, ‘Veni, vidi, vici:’ however, the most important part of his laconic account of success applies to my present situation; for, though Mrs. Byron took the trouble of ‘coming’ and ‘seeing,’ yet your humble servant proved the victor. After an obstinate engagement of some hours, in which we suffered considerable damage, from the quickness of the enemy’s fire, they at length retired in confusion, leaving behind the artillery, field equipage, and some prisoners:
A. D. 1806. LIFE OF LORD BYRON. 73
their defeat is decisive of the present campaign. To speak more intelligibly, Mrs. B. returns immediately, but I proceed, with all my laurels, to Worthing, on the Sussex coast; to which place you will address (to be left at the post-office) your next epistle. By the enclosure of a 2d gingle of rhyme, you will probably conceive my muse to be vastly prolific; her inserted production was brought forth a few years ago, and found by accident on Thursday among some old papers. I have recopied it, and, adding the proper date, request it may be printed with the rest of the family. I thought your sentiments on the last bantling would coincide with mine, but it was impossible to give it any other garb, being founded on facts. My stay at Worthing will not exceed 3 weeks, and you may possibly behold me again at Southwell the middle of September.

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Will you desire Ridge to suspend the printing of my poems till he hears further from me, as I have determined to give them a new form entirely. This prohibition does not extend to the two last pieces I have sent with my letters to you. You will excuse the dull vanity of this epistle, as my brain is a chaos of absurd images, and full of business, preparations, and projects.

“I shall expect an answer with impatience;—believe me, there is nothing at this moment could give me greater delight than your letter.”