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Lord Byron to James Wedderburn Webster, 28 February 1814

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To W * * W * *, ESQ.
“February 28th, 1814.

“I have but a few moments to write to you. Silence is the only answer to the things you mention; nor should I regard that man as my friend who said a word more on the subject. I care little for attacks, but I will not submit to defences; and I do hope and trust that you have never entertained a serious thought of engaging in so foolish a controversy. Dallas’s letter was, to his credit, merely as to facts which he had a right to state; I neither have nor shall take the least public notice,
A. D. 1814. LIFE OF LORD BYRON. 535
nor permit any one else to do so. If I discover the writer, then I may act in a different manner; but it will not be in writing.

“An expression in your letter has induced me to write this to you, to entreat you not to interfere in any way in such a business,—it is now nearly over, and depend upon it they are much more chagrined by my silence than they could be by the best defence in the world. I do not know any thing that would vex me more than any further reply to these things. Ever yours, in haste,