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Lord Byron to John Murray, 2 January 1816

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“January 2d, 1816.

“Your offer is liberal in the extreme (you see I use the word to you and of you, though I would not consent to your using it of yourself to Mr. * * * *), and much more than the two poems can possibly be worth;

* Had he not erred, he had far less achieved.

658 NOTICES OF THE A. D. 1816.
but I cannot accept it, nor will not. You are most welcome to them as additions to the collected volumes, without any demand or expectation on my part whatever. But I cannot consent to their separate publication. I did not like to risk any fame (whether merited or not), which I have been favoured with, upon compositions which I do not feel to be at all equal to my own notions of what they should be (and as I flatter myself some have been, here and there), though they may do very well as things without pretension, to add to the publication with the lighter pieces.

“I am very glad that the handwriting was favourable omen of the morale of the piece: but you must not trust to that, for my copyist would write out any thing I desired in all the ignorance of innocence—I hope, however, in this instance, with no great peril to either.

“P.S. I have enclosed your draft torn, for fear of accidents by the way—I wish you would not throw temptation in mine. It is not from a disdain of the universal idol, nor from a present superfluity of his treasures, I can assure you, that I refuse to worship him; but what is right is right, and must not yield to circumstances.”