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Lord Byron to John Murray, 16 August 1821

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“Ravenna, August 16th, 1821.

“I regret that Holmes can’t or won’t come: it is rather shabby, as I was always very civil and punctual with him. But he is but one * * more. One meets with none else among the English.

“I wait the proofs of the MSS. with proper impatience.

“So you have published, or mean to publish, the new Juans? Ar’n’t you afraid of the Constitutional Assassination of Bridge-street? When first I saw the name of Murray, I thought it had been yours; but was solaced by seeing that your synonyme is an attorneo, and that you are not one of that atrocious crew.

A. D. 1821. LIFE OF LORD BYRON. 515

“I am in a great discomfort about the probable war, and with my trustees not getting me out of the funds. If the funds break, it is my intention to go upon the highway. All the other English professions are at present so ungentlemanly by the conduct of those who follow them, that open robbing is the only fair resource left to a man of any principles; it is even honest, in comparison, by being undisguised.

“I wrote to you by last post, to say that you had done the handsome thing by Moore and the Memoranda. You are very good as times go, and would probably be still better but for the ‘march of events’ (as Napoleon called it), which won’t permit any body to be better than they should be.

“Love to Gifford. Believe me, &c.

“P.S. I restore Smith’s letter, whom thank for his good opinion. Is the bust by Thorwaldsen arrived?”