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a servant named Jack Payne, did all other requisite offices. In this delightful place he soon recovered, and it was singularly pleasing to witness the delight he took in the little girl's company. She read to him, and he corrected her language as she proceeded; she brought paper and pencil ; he drew for her, and made her copy; and submitted to her cutting his nails, cropping his hair, or any thing she pleased ; in short, this little girl could not offend him. His expressions were“ Children are little angels, and men become for a moment gods, when in their company.” · At Leghorn this young lady left Lord Byron, and has since been married to Count De Danlemer, a general in the Italian service. With this lady Lord Byron kept up a constant correspondence, we believe, till his death, and when Canova chiselled out four busts for him, one was sent to the Countess De Danlemer ; one to Mr. Ross of Gibraltar ; one to Sir Charles Cotton, and one to Lieutenant Hill of the Royal Navy. Canova never did but these four busts; all others are copies, and Lord Byron paid Canova £800 for his trouble. It is true that Lord Byron noticed Canova at Venice; but the latter was by no means a favourite. He used to say that “ Canova was a shadow of Praxiteles in sculpture, as Rossini was a shadow of Mozart in music.”-At Leghorn, Lord Byron being completely recovered, he gave several parties on board the ship of Captain Guion,



and then returned to Pisa, where he had still some English acquaintance. This second time, he fixed his quarters at Pisa with a Mrs. Wilson, whose husband had been clerk in a counting-house at Leghorn. With this old lady he frequently strolled, and for the sum of 400 dollars purchased her cottage, which he gave her, with the charge of taking care of two old dogs past service. Lord Byron had been acquainted with her family in London, and was thus induced to be a friend to her. The poor in Pisa will long remember his residence, and deplore his loss.

The scheme of forming a Literary Society at Pisa for the circulating of Literary Opinions, was not much calculated to coincide with the notions of the framers of the Holy ALLIANCE,* who

* Academies, or Literary Institutions, to be useful, must be permitted a free discussion, in order to their collecting, digesting, and preserving the stock of human knowledge. They must be independent and free from all controul. But when they are under the awe of governments obliged to flatter individuals, and truckle to the great, they can never display independence and energy of mind, or possess the courage necessary for the display of genius. Under despotic governments, they may become instruments in the hands of tyrants for repressing the progress of the mind, and preventing the diffusion of knowledge. It must be evident, therefore, from the characters of the parties, that the • New Literary Society of Pisa” and the members of that conspiracy against the happiness of mankind, impudently styled the “ Holy Alliance,” could no more agree together than (to use a catholic phrase) the Devil and Holy





dreaded the pen much more than the sword, having myriads of mercenary soldiers and bayo. nets to oppose to the latter, but possessing no means sufficiently powerful to seduce or overawe men of genius to abandon or prostitute their talents in de fence of tyranny, and the vassalage of millions before the thrones of a few continental despots, strong only in the divisions which they excite and foment It began to be rumoured that the society at Pisa was a second edition of the labours of the French illuminati, who had rendered atheism and jacobinism triumphant in France, and deluged that country with blood. Statesmen, ecclesiastics, fanatics, zealots, functionaries, and the military, were all forward to sound the alarm, and up in arms to put down the rising academy of sedition and blasphemy, as it was termed. Lord Byron, during his residence at Venice, had been stigmatized as a gloomy misan. thrope, because he avoided all intercourse with his countrymen; but having become more accessible, when surrounded by his friends at Pisa, the tone was changed, and this opposite conduct was attributed, by the same infernal spirit of malevolence, to the scheme of collecting around him a constellation of talent for the purpose of disseminating principles inimical to the peace of Europe, to the religion, morality and happiness (body and soul!) of the whole human race!! Aut inveniam aut faciam.-I will either find or



pick a quarrel, was evidently their motto, and, accordingly, by whom set on the reader may probably guess, a serious fracas broke out between his Lordship and some of the Tuscan military, and it may be pretty well guessed, that at the argumentum baculinum, his Lordship and his friends must have been overpowered by numbers, even had not their antagonists been backed by authority. We know not whether this affair hastened his Lordship’s removal, or having fully gratified his curiosity at Pisa, he wished to go elsewhere; but he left a place, which was not at the time sufficiently sensible of the honour of the residence of a man, whom any other city in the world would have been proud to entertain.

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The Congress at Verona, the Holy Alliance, and “ The Age

of Bronze ;” or Retaliation.—Mr. Moore's “ Fables for the Holy Alliance.”—Lord Byron's Tale of the “Four BARBERS Of Bagdat.” — “ The Island; or, Christian and his Comrades :” a Poem.—“ Werner,” a Tragedy. Moore's and Byron's Poems of “ The Loves of the Angels,” and “ Heaven, and Earth,compared.-Lord Byron's last work, “ The Deformed Transformed,” a Drama.—Remarks on it.-Lord Byron's generous Application of the vast Sums of Money received for the Copyright of his Works. -Mr. Moore and Mr. Dallas, and Lord Byron's impromptu on the latter Gentleman.- The Lord Chancellor's Injunction considered. Public Ingratitude.

Lord Byron was destined to experience in his own person the blessed effects of the paternal care of those despots, to whom were entrusted (as they themselves phrase it), or, as may be more truly expressed, who have arrogated to themselves the destinies of Europe, and of the whole civilized world. The German States, Prussia, Sweden, Spain, and Italy combined together to pull down the common disturber of the peace of Europe, Napoleon Buonaparte, on the sacred promise of the monarchs, then nothing more than the hum

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