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Lord Byron to John Murray, 6 March 1822

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“Pisa, March 6th, 1822.

“You will long ago have received a letter from me (or should), declaring my opinion of the treatment you have met with about the recent publication. I think it disgraceful to those who have persecuted you. I make peace with you, though our war was for other reasons than this same controversy. I have written to Moore by this post to forward to you the tragedy of ‘Werner.’ I shall not make or propose any present bargain about it or the new Mystery till we see if they succeed. If they don’t sell (which is not unlikely), you sha’n’t pay; and I suppose this is fair play, if you choose to risk it.

Bartolini, the celebrated sculptor, wrote to me to desire to take my bust: I consented, on condition that he also took that of the Countess Guiccioli. He has taken both, and I think it will be allowed that hers is beautiful. I shall make you a present of them both, to show that I don’t bear malice, and as a compensation for the trouble and squabble you had about Thorwaldsen’s. Of my own I can hardly speak, except that it is thought very like what I now am, which is different from what I was, of course, since you saw me. The sculptor is a famous one; and as it was done by his own particular request, will be done well, probably.

“What is to be done about * * and his Commentary? He will die,
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if he is not published; he will be damned, if he is; but that he don’t mind. We must publish him.

“All the row about me has no otherwise affected me than by the attack upon yourself, which is ungenerous in Church and State: but as all violence must in time have it proportionate reaction, you will do better by and by.

“Yours very truly,
Noel Byron.