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Lord Byron to John Murray, 20 May 1820

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Ravenna, May 20th, 1820.

Murray, my dear, make my respects to Thomas Campbell, and tell him from me, with faith and friendship, three things that he must right in his poets: Firstly, he says Anstey’s Bath Guide characters are taken from Smollett. ’Tis impossible:—the Guide was published in 1766, and Humphrey Clinker in 1771— dunque, ’tis Smollett who has taken from Anstey. Secondly, he does not know to whom Cowper alludes, when he says that there was one who ‘built a church to God, and then blasphemed his name:’ it was ‘Deo erexit Voltaire’ to whom that maniacal Calvinist and coddled poet alludes. Thirdly, he misquotes and spoils a passage from Shakspeare, ‘to gild refined gold, to paint the lily,’ &c.; for lily he puts rose, and bedevils in more words than one the whole quotation.

“Now, Tom is a fine fellow; but he should be correct: for the first is an injustice (to Anstey), the second an ignorance, and the third a blunder. Tell him all this, and let him take it in good part; for I might have rammed it into a review and rowed him—instead of which, I act like a Christian.

“Yours, &c.”