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Lord Byron to Thomas Moore, 17 October 1820

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“Ravenna, October 17th, 1820.

“You owe me two letters—pay them. I want to know what you are about. The summer is over, and you will be back to Paris. Apropos of Paris, it was not Sophia Gail, but Sophia Gay—the English
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word Gay—who was my correspondent†. Can you tell who she is, as you did of the defunct * *?

“Have you gone on with your Poem? I have received the French of mine. Only think of being traduced into a foreign language in such an abominable travesty! It is useless to rail, but one can’t help it.

“Have you got my Memoir copied? I have begun a continuation. Shall I send it you, as far as it is gone?

“I can’t say any thing to you about Italy, for the Government here look upon me with a suspicious eye, as I am well informed. Pretty fellows!—as if I, a solitary stranger, could do any mischief. It is because I am fond of rifle and pistol shooting, I believe; for they took the alarm at the quantity of cartridges I consumed—the wiseacres!

“You don’t deserve a long letter—nor a letter at all—for your silence. You have got a new Bourbon, it seems, whom they have christened ‘Dieu-donné;’—perhaps the honour of the present may be disputed. Did you write the good lines on ——, the Laker? * *

“The Queen has made a pretty theme for the journals. Was there ever such evidence published? Why, it is worse than ‘Little’s Poems’ or ‘Don Juan.’ If you don’t write soon, I will ‘make you a speech.’

“Yours, &c.”