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Lord Byron to John Murray, 2 September 1814

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“Newstead Abbey, September 2d, 1814.

“I am obliged by what you have sent, but would rather not see any thing of the kind*; we have had enough of these things already, good and bad, and next month you need not trouble yourself to collect even the higher generation—on my account. It gives me much pleasure to hear of Mr. Hobhouse’s and Mr. Merivale’s good entreatment by the journals you mention.

“I still think Mr. Hogg and yourself might make out an alliance. Dodsley’s was, I believe, the last decent thing of the kind, and his had great success in its day, and lasted several years; but then he had the double advantage of editing and publishing. The Spleen, and several of Gray’s odes, much of Shenstone, and many others of good repute, made their first appearance in his collection. Now, with the support of Scott, Wordsworth, Southey, &c., I see little reason why you should not do as well; and if once fairly established, you would have assistance from the youngsters, I dare say. Stratford Canning (whose ‘Buonaparte’ is excellent), and many others, and Moore, and Hobhouse, and I, would try a fall now and then (if permitted), and you might coax Campbell, too, into it. By the by, he has an unpublished (though printed) poem on a scene in Germany (Bavaria, I think), which I saw last year, that is perfectly magnificent, and equal to himself. I wonder he don’t publish it.

“Oh!—do you recollect S * *, the engraver’s, mad letter about not

Now in the moonlight, and now lapsed in shade,
With steps that trod as heavy, yet unheard:
His garments only a slight murmur made;
He moved as shadowy as the sisters weird,
But slowly; and as he pass’d Juan by,
Glanced, without pausing, on him a bright eye.”

It is said, that the Newstead ghost appeared, also, to Lord Byron’s cousin, Miss Fanny Parkins, and that she made a sketch of him from memory.

* The reviews and magazines of the month.

578 NOTICES OF THE A. D. 1814.
Phillip’s picture of Lord Foley? (as he blundered it); well, I have traced it, I think. It seems, by the papers, a preacher of Johanna Southcote’s is named Foley; and I can no way account for the said S * *’s confusion of words and ideas, but by that of his head’s running on Johanna and her apostles. It was a mercy he did not say Lord Tozer. You know, of course, that S * * is a believer in this new (old) virgin of spiritual impregnation.

“I long to know what she will produce*: her being with child at sixty-five is indeed a miracle, but her getting any one to beget it, a greater.

“If you were not going to Paris or Scotland, I could send you some game: if you remain, let me know.

“P.S. A word or two of ‘Lara,’ which your enclosure brings before me. It is of no great promise separately; but, as connected with the other tales, it will do very well for the volumes you mean to publish. I would recommend this arrangement—Childe Harold, the smaller Poems, Giaour, Bride, Corsair, Lara; the last completes the series, and its very likeness renders it necessary to the others. Cawthorne writes that they are publishing English Bards in Ireland: pray inquire into this; because it must be stopped.”