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Astarte: a Fragment of Truth
Lady Byron to Theresa Villiers, 4 June 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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Endorsed:1 June 4th 1816.
My dear Mrs. Villiers

Our present unanimity of opinion is a great comfort to me—I entertain no doubt whatever as to the propriety of the measure which I have taken according to your wishes, but not till my own mind was convinced they were most judicious—My Sincerity must atone for this uncomplimentary speech—I would send you a copy of my letter to her, but I may wish to say that I have not given one—By avoiding all ambiguity of meaning I have precluded the occasion for further explanation—yet, though I have expressed myself thoroughly convinced, and that no doubt remains of the existence of these circumstances, I have said everything that could soften the blow—every thing that I truly feel—Notwithstanding

1 Apparently by Mrs. Villiers. Where necessary all Lady Byron’s letters to Mrs. Villiers were thus endorsed.

the hope of cure, I could not inflict this wound without a degree of pain, the dread of which had perhaps before swayed my reason against your arguments—I think her first feeling will be terror—her second pride—& under what influence she may reply I cannot conjecture—It is dreadful to remember that this disease of her mind has been increasing constantly since 1813—

I am going on Saturday to Lowestoffe in Suffolk, for sea-air, which is quite necessary to me, as I feel more weakness now than during my greater exertions—Sleepless nights, and head-achy days—I take my Child—It is stouter and stronger than any boy or girl of a year old that I ever saw, and so goodhumoured that it will be a very agreeable companion.

Will you think of Lowestoffe?—Besides the subject of our mutual interest I shall wish to hear of you—and above all to be remembered as

Yours very affectionately
A. I. B.