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Astarte: a Fragment of Truth
Augusta Leigh to Lady Byron, [9 August 1816]

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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Friday (August 9 1816).
Dearest A/

I’ve been thinking with dismay of the letter full of blots & scratches & imperfections of every description which I sent you the other day—how it was—or how it is I scarcely know—but I am in one constant hurry & worry—I lay (sic) in my Bed thinking all I would say to you & when I get up my thoughts are all put to flight by 10000 worries of the moment—however I am thankful for the kind allowances you make for me & for the prospect of a remedy in the hope of seeing you—my dearest A—it is too kind of you to wish it & think of it—I hope & think I can spin out my stay till the time you mention—I had not determined positively to go next week—tho’ I suppose towards the middle of it I might be at liberty to do so — — — I don’t know what good I could do at home—except as far as regards my Bairns—perhaps I may be of more use here—where we have friends who are trying to do us good—if we will let them. I am most anxious to see you—& I do suppose you would not object to my mentioning your wish to see me here to my Husband—if you do—say so truly—& don’t think ye worse of me for venturing to say to you I wish to see you—I know not whether it may appear a want of some feeling—but indeed there is so much I have to say to
you which it wd be endless to write—putting every other reason out of the question & there are many others dearest A—perhaps sadly selfish ones. I am very sorry to hear that
Ly Gosford is so unwell, I have 1000 times intended begging you to say something in return for her kind message in yr letter to Georgey

How is yr health my dearest A— & how is little A A—I will write again in a day or two—but I really think I may venture to say that my stay can be contrived very well—let me hear from you when you have a moment—I dine with Mrs Villiers to-day & will give yr message—God bless you & believe me ever yr most grateful & affec