LORD  BYRON  and  his  TIMES
Documents Biography Criticism

The Autobiography of William Jerdan
William Gifford to William Jerdan, 22 September [1819?]

Vol. I. Front Matter
Ch. 1: Introductory
Ch. 2: Childhood
Ch. 3: Boyhood
Ch. 4: London
Ch. 5: Companions
Ch. 6: The Cypher
Ch. 7: Edinburgh
Ch. 8: Edinburgh
Ch. 9: Excursion
Ch. 10: Naval Services
Ch. 11: Periodical Press
Ch. 12: Periodical Press
Ch. 13: Past Times
Ch. 14: Past Times
Ch. 15: Literary
Ch. 16: War & Jubilees
Ch. 17: The Criminal
Ch. 18: Mr. Perceval
Ch. 19: Poets
Ch. 20: The Sun
Ch. 21: Sun Anecdotes
Ch. 22: Paris in 1814
Ch. 23: Paris in 1814
Ch. 24: Byron
Vol. I. Appendices
Scott Anecdote
Burns Anecdote
Life of Thomson
John Stuart Jerdan
Scottish Lawyers
Sleepless Woman
Canning Anecdote
Southey in The Sun
Hood’s Lamia
Murder of Perceval
Vol. II. Front Matter
Ch. 1: Literary
Ch. 2: Mr. Canning
Ch. 3: The Sun
Ch. 4: Amusements
Ch. 5: Misfortune
Ch. 6: Shreds & Patches
Ch. 7: A Character
Ch. 8: Varieties
Ch. 9: Ingratitude
Ch. 10: Robert Burns
Ch. 11: Canning
Ch. 12: Litigation
Ch. 13: The Sun
Ch. 14: Literary Gazette
Ch. 15: Literary Gazette
Ch. 16: John Trotter
Ch. 17: Contributors
Ch. 18: Poets
Ch 19: Peter Pindar
Ch 20: Lord Munster
Ch 21: My Writings
Vol. II. Appendices
The Satirist.
Authors and Artists.
The Treasury
Morning Chronicle
Chevalier Taylor
Foreign Journals
Vol. III. Front Matter
Ch. 1: Literary Pursuits
Ch. 2: Literary Labour
Ch. 3: Poetry
Ch. 4: Coleridge
Ch 5: Criticisms
Ch. 6: Wm Gifford
Ch. 7: W. H. Pyne
Ch. 8: Bernard Barton
Ch. 9: Insanity
Ch. 10: The R.S.L.
Ch. 11: The R.S.L.
Ch. 12: L.E.L.
Ch. 13: L.E.L.
Ch. 14: The Past
Ch. 15: Literati
Ch. 16: A. Conway
Ch. 17: Wellesleys
Ch. 18: Literary Gazette
Ch. 19: James Perry
Ch. 20: Personal Affairs
Vol. III. Appendices
Literary Poverty
Ismael Fitzadam
Mr. Tompkisson
Mrs. Hemans
A New Review
Debrett’s Peerage
Procter’s Poems
Poems by Others
Poems by Jerdan
Vol. IV. Front Matter
Ch. 1: Critical Glances
Ch. 2: Personal Notes
Ch. 3: Fresh Start
Ch. 4: Thomas Hunt
Ch. 5: On Life
Ch. 6: Periodical Press
Ch. 7: Quarterly Review
Ch. 8: My Own Life
Ch. 9: Mr. Canning
Ch. 10: Anecdotes
Ch. 11: Bulwer-Lytton
Ch. 12: G. P. R. James
Ch. 13: Finance
Ch. 14: Private Life
Ch. 15: Learned Societies
Ch. 16: British Association
Ch. 17: Literary Characters
Ch. 18: Literary List
Ch. 19: Club Law
Ch. 20: Conclusion
Vol. IV. Appendix
Gerald Griffin
W. H. Ainsworth
James Weddell
The Last Bottle
N. T. Carrington
The Literary Fund
Letter from L.E.L.
Geographical Society
Baby, a Memoir
Creative Commons License

Licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-Noncommercial-Share Alike 3.0 Unported License.
Produced by CATH
“Sept. 22nd; Guns now firing.
My dear Sir,

“I called at Murray’s this morning, and found your kind letter there, with which I was not a little pleased.

“I am glad you find Hastings so restorative. Ryde, to which I went, did nothing for me, for I returned to town in a feebler state than I left it. Since that, however, I have picked up a degree of strength very unusual with me, and am, indeed, better than I have been for a considerable time.

“I saw a friend of yours last evening, of whom I think very favourably indeed, Mr. Watts, the miniature-painter.
I owe his acquaintance to Mr. Wright. I have seldom seen a more modest and amiable man. He was glad to hear of you.

“In the hope of seeing you from day to day, I delayed thanking you for a little volume of poetry. It was far, indeed, above the common stamp, and augurs well of the genius and talents of the young writer. His style is spirited and picturesque. I would recommend to him the perusal of my old acquaintance, Massinger, that will add sweetness and rhythmical powers to the verse that wants nothing else to be paramountly excellent.

“And now to business. I rejoice most at Mr. C.’s conversation with you, and shall feel extremely obliged to you, if you will immediately undertake the whole. I can add nothing to your plan, which embraces the topics most material to our purpose. Mr. Canning talked over the subject with me, and I understood that it was his wish you should undertake it. Unfortunately, my illness rendered me unable to see any person for some time, and when he left England he was so hurried, that though he sent Backhouse to say that he would call upon me, he could not find leisure. I heard not, therefore, what he had done.

“I am sorry to say, that I cannot find your proof. In my chaos nothing is where it should be. I hope, however, to procure a copy, and have desired Murray to examine our printer’s treasury, their papers are sometimes laid up for a long period. I hope, however, that you will be enabled to commence without it, and in the interim, every exertion shall be made to recover it. With great regard,

“I am, dear Sir,
“Faithfully yours,