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Lord Byron to John Murray, 25 October 1820

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“Ravenna, 8bre 25, 1820.

“Pray forward the enclosed to Lady Byron. It is on business.

“In thanking you for the Abbot, I made four grand mistakes. Sir John Gordon was not of Gight, but of Bogagicht, and a son of Huntley’s. He suffered not for his loyalty, but in an insurrection. He had nothing to do with Loch Leven, having been dead some time at the period of the Queen’s confinement: and, fourthly, I am not sure that

† I had mistaken the name of the lady he inquired after, and reported her to him as dead. But, on the receipt of the above letter, I discovered that his correspondent was Madame Sophie Gay, mother of the celebrated poetess and beauty, Mademoiselle Delphine Gay.

360 NOTICES OF THE A. D. 1820.
he was the Queen’s paramour or no, for
Robertson does not allude to this, though Walter Scott does, in the list he gives of her admirers (as unfortunate) at the close of ‘the Abbot.’

“I must have made all these mistakes in recollecting my mother’s account of the matter, although she was more accurate than I am, being precise upon points of genealogy, like all the aristocratical Scotch. She had a long list of ancestors, like Sir Lucius O’Trigger’s, most of whom are to be found in the old Scotch Chronicles, Spalding, &c. in arms and doing mischief. I remember well passing Loch Leven, as well as the Queen’s Ferry: we were on our way to England in 1798.


“You had better not publish Blackwood and the Roberts’ prose, except what regards Pope;—you have let the time slip by.”