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Astarte: a Fragment of Truth
Lady Byron to Theresa Villiers, 13 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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Lowestoft. Aug. 13—(1816).
My dear Mrs Villiers,

I desired A— to tell you I was decided to go to London by her remaining there, as I agree with you in thinking an interview particularly desirable—As I shall probably see her before you, I must again request to know your opinion on some points which I must be prepared to discuss—and in order that you may be enabled to judge, I will give you some extracts from her last letters.

[Extracts follow from Mrs. Leigh’s letter of Aug. 5.—Ed.]

I have deferred all further discussion till we meet—Now do you think I must then require the promise of her never voluntarily seeing him again, or shall I limit it to this that she will never see him at his house or her own?

I shall put myself and bairn in a Lodging somewhere between Knightsbridge and Green Street which will be the principal attractions to me—and I will do as I would be done by, by making use of you—If anything should happen to prolong A’s stay in Town, I should be glad
to have a little more time here. Have you heard I am turned Methodist?—so I read in a letter from London a few days ago, and I hope I am not become an Antinomian (a sect which abounds here) for they hold that the more sins one commits the better chance one has of Heaven—

I am very glad that I shall see you—and not so miserably as when we last met.

Yours most affecly
A. I. B.