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“ going to the press, she was threatened “ with cutting a prominent figure in it if
- But the story would only “ furnish evidence of the unauthenticity of “ the nature of the materials, and shew the “manner and spirit with which the piece “was got up. —Yet I don't know why I “ have been led to talk about such non“ sense, which I paid no more attention " to than I have to the continual calum“ nies and lies that have been unceasingly “ circulated about me, in public prints, "and through anonymous letters. I got “ a whole heap of them when I was at “ Venice, and at last found out that I had “ to thank Mr. Sotheby for the greater “ share of them. It was under the wasp“ishness produced by this discovery that “ I made him figure also in my · Beppo' “ as an antique gentleman of rhyme,'
“a bustling Botherby,' &c. I always “ thought him the most insufferable of “ bores, and the curse of the Hampbell, “ as Edgeworth was of his club. There “ was a society formed for the suppression “ of Edgeworth, and sending him back “ to Ireland ;--but I should have left the “ other to his
Snug coterie and literary lady,'
“ and to his -- - that Rogers “ pretended to take for an old arm-chair, “ if he had not made himself an active “ bore, by dunning me with disagreeable “ news,-and, what was worse, and more “ nauseous and indigestible still, with his “ criticisms and advice.
“ When Galignani was about to publish “ a new edition of my works, he applied to
“ Moore to furnish him with some anec“ dotes of me; and it was suggested that “ we should get up a series of the most “ unaccountable and improbable adven“ tures, to gull the Parisian and travelling “ world with : but I thought afterwards “ that he had quite enough of the fabu“ lous at command without our inventing “any thing new, which indeed would have “ required ingenuity.*
“ You tell me that the Baron Lutze“ rode has been asking you for some au“ thentic particulars of my life, to affix to “his translation of • Cain, and thus con“ tradict the German stories circulated “ about me, and which, I understand, “even Goëthe believes. Why don't you “ write something for him, Medwin ? I “ believe you know more of me than any “ one else,-things even that are not in “ the book.”
* The reader will laugh when I tell him that it was asserted to a friend of mine, that the lines * To Thyrza, published with the First Canto of *Childe Harold,' were addressed to—his bear. There is nothing so malignant that hatred will not invent, or folly believe.
I said, “ My friend the Baron is a great enthusiast about you, and I am sure you would like him.”
“ Taafe told me the other day," he replied, “ a noble trait of him, which per“ haps you have not heard, and which “ makes me highly respect him. An only “ child of his was dangerously ill of a “ malignant fever:-it was supposed by
“the physicians that he might be saved by " bleeding; but blood would not follow the “ lancet, and the Baron breathed the vein “ with his mouth. The boy died, and the “ father took the contagion, and was near “ following his child to the grave.”
“Well then,” said I, “shall I bring the Baron ?"
“ I have declined,” replied Lord Byron, " going to Court; and as he belongs to “it, must also decline his visit. I neither “ like princes nor their satellites ; though “the Grand Duke is a very respectable “ tyrant—a kind of Leopold. I will make “my peace with your amiable friend by “ sending him a “Cain' and ' Don Juan' “ as a present, and adding to the first page “ of the latter an impression of my seal,