LORD  BYRON  and  his  TIMES
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The “Pope” of Holland House
John Whishaw to Thomas Smith, 22 July 1816

Chapter I: 1813
Chapter II: 1814
Chapter III: 1815
Chapter IV: 1816
Chapter V: 1817
Chapter VI: 1818
Chapter VII: 1819
Chapter VIII: 1820
Chapter IX: 1821
Chapter X: 1822
Chapter XI: 1824-33
Chapter XII: 1833-35
Chapter XIII: 1806-40
Chapter XIV: Appendix
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July 22, 1816.

Murray has received a letter from Lord Byron, who has just finished the third canto of “Childe Harold,” consisting of 117 stanzas, which he thinks equal to the other two. It is to be sent home for immediate publication. He had traversed the whole lake in his barge, and had visited Gibbon’s house and garden at Lausanne and the scenery of the Nouvelle Héloise at Vevay, with all of which he was much delighted. His vessel was near being overset by a sudden squall off the rocks of Meillerie.

Madame de Staël has completed her work, which is to be entitled “Les causes et les effets de la Revolution Française.” It consists of three volumes, one of which is to be devoted to this country, its constitution, commerce, state of society, &c.

M. de Constant is going for some time to Spa. I have spoken to him rather strongly on the subject of his historical work, which I trust he will not abandon. He talks of recasting it into the form of Historical Memoirs during the leisure of the summer. He has seen the Duke of Wellington several times in society, but though his Grace knew him at Paris in parties in the year 1814, he does not now notice him. Possibly he may have heard of Constant’s sarcasms. The
Duke holds strong language as to the stability of the Bourbons and the mild tenour of their Government. He has seen a good deal of
Lady Caroline Lamb, with whom Constant also is intimate.