Journal of the Conversations of Lord Byron: Noted During a Residence with His Lordship at Pisa, in the Years 1821 and 1822 (Classic Reprint)

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Excerpt from Journal of the Conversations of Lord Byron: Noted During a Residence With His Lordship at Pisa, in the Years 1821 and 1822

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, per haps, 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 de nied; but his feelings and affections were equally strong. Both demanded continual employment; and he had an impatience of repose, a restlessness of rest, that kept them in constant activity. It is satisfactory, too, at least it is some consolation, to reflect, that the last energies of his nature were con sumed in the cause of liberty, and for the benefit of mankind.

How I. Became acquainted with so many particulars of his history, so many incidents of his life, so. Many of his opinions, is easily explained. They were communicated dur ing a period of many months' familiar inter course, without any injunctions to secrecy, and committed to paper for the sake of refer ence 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.

I despise mere writing for the sake of book-making, and have disdained to swell out my materials into volumes. I have given Lord Byron's ideas as I noted them down at the time, - ia his own words, as far as my recollection served.

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