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Lord Byron to John Murray, 31 August 1820

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“Ravenna, August 31st, 1820.

“I have ‘put my soul’ into the tragedy (as you if it); but you know that there are d—d souls as well as tragedies. Recollect that it is not a political play, though it may look like it; it is strictly historical. Read the history and judge.

Ada’s picture is her mother’s. I am glad of it—the mother made a good daughter. Send me Gifford’s opinion, and never mind the Archbishop. I can neither send you away, nor give you a hundred pistoles, nor a better taste: I send you a tragedy, and you ask for ‘facetious epistles;’ a little like your predecessor, who advised Dr. Prideaux to ‘put some more humour into his Life of Mahomet.’

Bankes is a wonderful fellow. There is hardly one of my school or college contemporaries that has not turned out more or less celebrated. Peel, Palmerstone, Bankes, Hobhouse, Tavistock, Bob Mills, Douglas Kinnaird, &c. &c. have all talked and been talked about.

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“We are here going to fight a little next month, if the Huns don’t cross the Po, and probably if they do. I can’t say more now. If any thing happens, you have matter for a posthumous work in MS.; so pray be civil. Depend upon it, there will be savage work, if once they begin here. The French courage proceeds from vanity, the German from phlegm, the Turkish from fanaticism and opium, the Spanish from pride,
A. D. 1820. LIFE OF LORD BYRON. 341
the English from coolness, the Dutch from obstinacy, the Russian from insensibility, but the Italian from anger; so you’ll see that they will spare nothing.”