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Lord Byron to John Murray, 16 January 1814

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[“1814, Jan. 16.]

“I do believe that the devil never created or perverted such a fiend as the fool of a printer†. I am obliged to enclose you, luckily for me,

* He had, at first, after the words “Scott alone,” inserted, in a parenthesis,—“He will excuse the Mr.—‘we do not say Mr. Cæsar.’”

† The amusing rages into which he was thrown by the printer were vented not only in these notes, but frequently on the proof-sheets themselves. Thus, a passage in the Dedication having been printed “the first of her bands in estimation,” he writes in the margin, “bards, not bands—was there ever such a stupid misprint?” and, in correcting a line that had been curtailed of its due number of syllables, he says, “Do not omit words—it is quite enough to alter or mis-spell them.”

520 NOTICES OF THE A. D. 1814.
this second proof, corrected, because there is an ingenuity in his blunders peculiar to himself. Let the press be guided by the present sheet.

“Yours, &c.

Burn the other.

“Correct this also by the other in some things which I may have forgotten. There is one mistake he made, which, if it had stood, I would most certainly have broken his neck.”