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“ A great poet. belongs to no country; his

Works are public property, and his Memoirs the inheritance of the public.” Such Were the sen

timents of Lord Byron; and have they been attended to? Has not a manifest injustice been done to the world, and an injury to his memory, by the destruction of his Memoirs? These are questions which it is now late, perhaps needless,

to ask; but I will endeavour to lessen, if not to remedy, the evil.

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obloquy from some parts of his family,—-that I shall incur the animosity of many of his friends. There are authors, too, who Will not be pleased find their names in print,—to hear his real opinion of themselves, or of their works. There are others—-But I have the satisfaction of feeling that I have set about executing the task I have under

taken conscientiousl : I mean neither to throw a ’ y

veil over his errors, nor a gloss over his virtues.

My sketch will be an imperfect and a rough one, it is true, but it will be from the life; and slight as it is, may prove more valuable, perhaps, than a finished drawing from memory. It Will be any thing but a panegyric : my aim is to paint him as he was. That’ his passions were violent and impetuous, cannot be denied ; but his feelings and alIections were equally strong. Both demanded continual employment; and he had an im

patience of repose, a “ restlessness of rest,” that

many parso many incidents of his

nions, is easil ,eX lained. y. P

ted during a period of

many months’ familiar intercourse, Without any

injunctions to secrecy, and committed to paper for the sake of reference only. They have not

been shown to any one individual, and but for

the fate of his MS. Would never have appeared before the public.

ticulars of his history, life, so many of his opi They Were communica

and have disdained to swell out my

materials into volumes. I have given Lord By ron’s

ideas as I noted them down at the time,—-in

own Words, as far as my recollection served.

They are however, in many cases, the substance without the form. The brilliancy of his wit, the flow of his eloquence, the sallies of his imagination, who could do justice to? His voice, his manner, which gave a charm to the whole, who

could forget?

“ His subtle talk would cheer the winter night,
And make me know myself; and the fire-light
Would flash upon our faces, till the day
Might dawn, and make me wonder at my stay.” ’

Shelley’s Julian and Maddalo.

Geneva, 1st August, 1824.

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The Writer's arrival at Pisa. Lord Byron’s live stock and

impedimenta. The Lanfranchi palace; Ugolino; Lanfranchi’s

ghost. English Cerberus. Lord B.’s Leporello; has reliefs and

mantel-pieces . . , . . . . . . . .

Introduction to Lord Byron. His cordiality of manner. Description
of his person; his bust by Bertolini; the eleven foot; his temperate
habits, and regard for the brute creation. Conversations on Swit-
zerland and Germany; strong predilection for Turkey

Residence at Geneva. Malicious intruders. Madame de Stael. Din-

ner disaster. Excursions on the lake; Shelley and Hobhouse;

St. Preux and Julia; classical drowning. Lord Byron's horseman-

ship; pistoLfiring; remarks on duelling; his own duels. Anecdote

Sunset at Venice and Pisa. Routine of Lord Byron‘s life. The

Countess Guiccioli: Lord B.’s attachment to her; beautiful Sonnet

and Stanzas in honour of her. Cuvalz'en' Serventi. Mode of bring-

ing up Italian females; its consequences. Italian propensity to love.

Intimacy with the Countess: her rescue . . . . . . . . .

Lord Byron’s preference for Ravenna. Female beauty in Italy and

England compared. The Constitutionalists; their prescription.

Lord Byron's danger. _ Assassination of the military Commandant

at Ravenna. Lord B.’s humanity . . . . . . . .

The Byron Memoirs: Mr. Moore, Lady Burghersh, and Lady

Byron. Lord ‘B.’s opinion of his own Memoirs; his marriage and

separation. Mrs. Williams, the English Sybil. An omen. Lord

B.’s introduction to Miss Millbank ; his courtship and marriage

The wedding-ring. An uneasy ride. The honey-moon. Lord and

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