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Lord Byron to John Murray, 23 July 1814

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“July 23, 1814.

“I am sorry to say that the print‡ is by no means approved of by those who have seen it, who are pretty conversant with the original, as well as the picture from whence it is taken. I rather suspect that it is

* In a note which I wrote to him, before starting, next day, I find the following.—“I got Lara at three o’clock this morning—read him before I slept, and was enraptured. I take the proofs with me.”

† He here refers to an article in the number of the Edinburgh Review, just then published (No. 45), on the Corsair and Bride of Abydos.

‡ An engraving by Agar from Phillip’s portrait of him.

A. D. 1814. LIFE OF LORD BYRON. 569
from the copy, and not the exhibited portrait, and in this dilemma would recommend a suspension, if not an abandonment, of the prefixion to the volumes which you purpose inflicting upon the public.

“With regard to Lara, don’t be in any hurry. I have not yet made up my mind on the subject, nor know what to think or do till I hear from you; and Mr. Moore appeared to me in a similar state of indetermination. I do not know that it may not be better to reserve it for the entire publication you proposed, and not adventure in hardy singleness, or even backed by the fairy Jacqueline. I have been seized with all kinds of doubts, &c. &c. since I left London.

“Pray let me hear from you, and believe me, &c.”