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Lord Byron to John Murray, 26 August 1813

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“August 26th, 1813.

“I have looked over and corrected one proof, but not so carefully (God knows if you can read it through, but I can’t) as to preclude your eye from discovering some omission of mine or commission of your
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printer. If you have patience, look it over. Do you know any body who can stop—I mean point—commas, and so forth? for I am, I hear, a sad hand at your punctuation. I have, but with some difficulty, not added any more to this snake of a Poem, which has been lengthening its rattles every month. It is now fearfully long, being more than a Canto and a half of
Childe Harold, which contains but 882 lines per book, with all late additions inclusive.

“The last lines Hodgson likes. It is not often he does, and when he don’t, he tells me with great energy, and I fret and alter. I have thrown them in to soften the ferocity of our Infidel, and, for a dying man, have given him a good deal to say for himself. * * * *

“I was quite sorry to hear you say you staid in town on my account, and I hope sincerely you did not mean so superfluous a piece of politeness.

“Our six critiques!—they would have made half a Quarterly by themselves; but this is the age of criticism.”