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Astarte: a Fragment of Truth
Augusta Leigh to Lady Byron, 5 August 1817

I. Byron Characteristics
II. Three Stages of Lord Byron’s Life
III. Manfred
IV. Correspondence of Augusta Byron
V. Anne Isabella Byron
VI. Lady Byron’s Policy of Silence
VII. Informers and Defamers
VIII. “When We Dead Awake”
IX. Lady Byron and Mrs. Leigh (I)
X. Lady Byron and Mrs. Leigh (II)
XI. Byron and Augusta
Notes by the Editor
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“I have to relate—that I yesterday had 2 letters sent me to read to Mr M—— in one there was mention of a critique which had been sent upon M.[anfred] & a request to have part of it which had by mistake been omitted & which alluded to the ‘origin of this dreadful story’—that ‘whoever the Critic might be he was mistaken as he had a foundation for it which for ye Soul of him he could not divine’—I may not give you the words exactly—but that was the sense of the paragraph—& I don’t think there is any remedy for the object of his persecution—but it often occurs to me, that it is impossible any longer to remain silent to him—& only the fear of encreasing the evil has hitherto kept me so—sometimes I am inclined to remain so—& leave all to Providence—& yet I think it is wrong not to do any thing in one’s power to avert evils, at least any thing that is not wrong—& for my children’s sake I am more anxious than for myself individually.”