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Lord Byron to John Murray, 7 September 1814

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“Newstead Abbey, Sept. 7th, 1814.

“I should think Mr. Hogg, for his own sake as well as yours, would be ‘critical’ as Iago himself in his editorial capacity; and that such a publication would answer his purpose, and yours too, with tolerable management. You should, however, have a good number to start with—I mean, good in quality; in these days, there can be little fear of not coming up to the mark in quantity. There must be many ‘fine

* The following characteristic note, in reference to this passage, appears, in Mr. Gifford’s handwriting, on the copy of the above letter:—“It is a pity that Lord B. was ignorant of Jonson. The old poet has a Satire on the Court Pucelle that would have supplied him with some pleasantry on Joanna’s pregnancy.”

A. D. 1814. LIFE OF LORD BYRON. 579
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Wordsworth; but I should think it difficult to make six quartos (the amount of the whole) all fine, particularly the pedlar’s portion of the poem; but there can be no doubt of his powers to do almost any thing.

“I am ‘very idle.’ I have read the few books I had with me, and been forced to fish, for lack of argument. I have caught a great many perch and some carp, which is a comfort, as one would not lose one’s labour willingly.

“Pray, who corrects the press of your volumes? I hope ‘The Corsair’ is printed from the copy I corrected with the additional lines in the first Canto, and some notes from Sismondi and Lavater, which I gave you to add thereto. The arrangement is very well.

“My cursed people have not sent my papers since Sunday, and I have lost Johanna’s divorce from Jupiter. Who hath gotten her with prophet? Is it Sharpe? and how? * * * * * * I should like to buy one of her seals: if salvation can be had at half-a-guinea a head, the landlord of the Crown and Anchor should be ashamed of himself for charging double for tickets to a mere terrestrial banquet. I am afraid, seriously, that these matters will lend a sad handle to your profane scoffers, and give a loose to much damnable laughter.

“I have not seen Hunt’s Sonnets nor Descent of Liberty: he has chosen a pretty place wherein to compose the last. Let me hear from you before you embark. Ever, &c.”