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The Life and Death of Lord Edward Fitzgerald, by Thomas penny pamphlet or two, are our chief productions; then, too, the Moore, Esq. is forthcoming.
Perth Magasine was appearing as regularly as our worthy landlady Messrs Oliver and Boyd are preparing a second edition of the first announces, that there is " ane o' thae byeuks wi' the picture o' the volume of The Edinburgh Cabinet Library.
king's fule lying on the table," (alluding to the outward man of our The Incognito, or Sins and Peccadilloes, a Tale of Spain, by the well-beloved Christopher); lately, there have been several attempts author of the " Castilian," &c. is announced.
to establish a literary periodical, and always without success,-the • OUR STUDY TABLE.-Having again presented our readers on this Amateur reached one number! and the Miscellany shared nearly the the first day of the year with a Number containing nothing but ori same fate. Still we are not without some redeeming points. Our ginal contributions in prose and verse, the new works destined for our Literary and Antiquarian Society is prospering, and corresponding reviewing department-a department of the greatest consequence, with many similar institutions both at home and abroad ; its next reand which we rarely or never omit, except during the holydays—have port is expected to be very satisfactory. Our School of Arts is fairly been multiplying upon us. - First of all, there is the second volume established, and surpasses the most sanguine expectations of its paof Moore's Life of Byron, as replete with interest as the first;—then trons, thanks to the alle exertions of Dr Anderson. Both of our there is Hood's Comic Annual, far the best of all the comic annuals in Newspapers are considered among the best provincial ones in Scotpoint of literary merit ;-then there is the History of Chinalry, by land. We have also our own share of debating societies, rhyme Mr James, a work we have not yet had time to read, but the reading struck youths, and some few blue-stockings, though of the last many of which we anticipate with pleasure;-then there is the Exiles of are sadly out at the heels. But what is the best of all, we have Palestine, by our friend Mr Carne, worthy of the author of “ Let many sincere admirers of the Edinburgh Literary Journal. ters from the East;"- then there is the Dictionary of the Gaelic Lan. Theatrical Gossip.— The King's Theatre opens on the 22d of guage, compiled by Drs Macleod and Dewar, and a most valuable January; the names already announced are-Pasta, Lalande, David, addition to philology:—then there is Songs of Solitude, by William Lablache, De Begnis, Santini, and other old favourites. MademoiBennet, the ingenious author of “ Pictures of Scottish Scenes and selle Schauberlerkner, (" Phæbus ! what a name !") from St PetersCharacter," and the editor of that well-conducted newspaper, the burg, and Mademoiselle Unghner, (another pretty name,) from Rome, Glasgow Free Press; and then there are many more which we have are engaged. Those eminent composers, Auber and Meyerbeer, are as yet scarcely opened, but the merits of all of which shall be brought expected to visit London in the spring.–A petition from Mr Arnold, to light in our next and succeeding numbers.
signed by numbers of the nobility, has been presented to the King. Chit-CHAT FROM ELGIN.-One of our newspapers, the Elgin and It prays for an extension of his limited season in his new theatre. His Forres Journal, and Northern Advertiser, ceased to exist soon after Majesty has commissioned Lord Brougham to decide on the questhe Wellington administration.-A general meeting of the Elgin La- tion of the patents and their privileges. The question is to be argued dies' Society, for promoting industry among the most necessitous on its merits on the 10th of January. The Lord Chancellor and two poor, was held in the new assembly rooms, North street, on Tuesday common law judges to constitute the Court, andonly one counsel to be last. Although this benevolent society of “ the daughters of cha- heard on either side.-Raymond, late manager of the Leicester circuit, rity” has existed only for little more than a twelvemonth, it has and said to be an excellent light comedian, is to be one of Madame already been productive of much advantage to the poor of Elgin.- Vestris's company at the Olympic.- Watson, late chorus-master at CoThe suspension bridge over the river Spey, at Boat o' Brig, in the vent Garden theatre, opened, a short time ago, the Fishamble Street parish of Boharm; and our iron bridge over the Lossie, at Bishop- theatre, in Dublin, in opposition to the theatre-royal; but it closed mill, are now opened to the public, and are both reckoned very hand after a season of four nights ! It is thought that on the Marquis of some structures of their respective kinds.—The library connected Anglesea's arrival, his excellency, from his love of the drama, will with the Academy of Elgin, which was lately established for the be give a fillip to theatricals.-Miss George, about three years since the nefit of the scholars attending that institution, is increasing. Such prima donna of the Haymarket theatre, has returned from a very an appendage to our excellent seminary deserves every encourage successful American tour.-A strolling player has become the purment, and cannot fail to prove highly advantageous to the youthful chaser of the late King's coronation robe and star, which were knockstudents, for whose improvement it was instituled.–Very handsome ed down at L. 7, 58. The rose-colour satin may yet be sported by a contributions have been given by our respectable neighbours of the barn-door Richard—Sic transit gloria mundi. - The Christmas Pantown of Forres, to aid in the erection of the Elgin Pauper Lunatic tomimes are at present thechief novelties in the metropolitan theatres. Asylum, which is to be placed near Gray's Hospital, within the - The following letter has been received, it is said, by Miss Paton, grounds attached to that edifice. It is generally expected that, by at Brighton :-"MA'A-Unless the gemman wot you're always a the new-year, the streets of the Morayshire metropolis will be lighted walking with, don't shave off his Mustashers before next Sunday, with gas;
this will add another to the many improvements which the we'll set fire to your Wood. SWING.”—Jones's reappearance, the good town of Elgin has experienced of late years.
Pantomime, and Miss Jarman's return on Monday, are the matters. CHIT-CHAT FROM BERWICK.-On Wednesday, the 15th instant, of most moment in the theatrical world here. agreeably to a requisition, signed by 114 highly respectable indivi
WEEKLY List of PerFORMANCES. duals, a meeting was held in the King's Arms Assembly Rooms, to
Poor Gentleman, & Mother Bunch. tional petitions to the Commons, praying for the total abolition of
The Clandestine Marriage, & Mother Bunch. establishments of our good town, in the shape of a New Jerusalem
FRI. Temple, and a Primitive Methodist Chapel, or Ranter's Meeting
Cure for the Heart-Ache, & Do. House. Our Barracks and our Theatre are shut up; all the old pensioners have been sworn in as special constables, to act under the
TO OUR READERS. direction of the magistrates in case of riot.-Our Jail is completely crammed with smugglers, who have been apprehended by the excise the Fourth Volume of the LITERARY JOURNAL. They who have
We this day present our readers with an Index and Title Page to while in the act of transporting a little aquavitæ over the Border. |
not hitherto been regular subscribers, but may think of becoming CHIT-CHAT FROM GLASGOW.Miss Jarman drew good houses
so, will no doubt see the propriety of commencing with a new Volume and gained golden opinions here. She is succeeded by a Master David
and a new Year. We have already been nobly supported, but we Bell of Dundee-not Mr David Bell of Glasgow-who, it seems, is to
are making new proselytes every day. astonish'us in “ The Weathercock."- A tavern has been opened here lately, quite equal to your Rainbow or Royal Saloon, and has been crammed every night.-A Philharmonic Society is about to be esta
TO OUR CORRESPONDENTS. blished, under the auspices of Bailie M'Lellan and other able and SEVERAL interesting articles are still unavoidably postponed, influential amateurs, and our music-sellers are all on the alert since among which is the paper read by Mr Laing to the antiquarian Som young Mr Fadyen's success in publishing. I see that Horne, who ciety, and the communication relative to the new Gazetteer of Scotcertainly ranks next to Bishop as a composer, has set the “ Right land. Loyal Song' that appeared in your pages to spirited music, and has We request the Editors of various newspapers in different parts of published it, and “The Standard of England,” by the same author, in the country to accept our thanks for the handsome manner in which London.-Weekes's admirable collection of Irish songs, under the they have spoken of our ChrisTMAS NUMBER, the sale of which has title of “The Shamrock,” is on the eve of publication.--Stockhau. been prodigious. sen is to be with us this winter.
“Christmas Day in Rome" reached us too late for our last NumChit-CHAT FROM Perth.-—"There is a tide in the affairs of men,” ber, and it is now unnecessary to publish it.—The tale entitled " The says the poet ; so is there, say we, in the affairs of cities ; and we Deserter" will not suit us.—Poetical contributions from the following fear this tide is far in the ebb here in literary matters. About half persons lie over for probable insertion in our next SLIPPERS, which a century ago, the Morison press was coping with the Edinburgh will appear in a week or twomJohn Nevay of Forfar, “N. C.” of ones in producing many standard works, of which the Encyclopædia Glasgow, Jed. Cleishbotham of Gandercleuch, “T.” of Stonehaven, Perthensis will long remain a lasting proof; now, the Reports of Mis- and “T. E." We do not remember having received any commusionary and Bible Societies, the County Register, and perhaps a six- nication signed “ Pictor."
AN ADVENTURE AT VENICE.
his coat and cap-all combined to produce that dissimilarity to his former self I had observed in him. He was still,
however, eminently handsome; and, in exchange for whatLetters and Journals of Lord Byron, with Notices of his ever his features may have lost of their high, romantic
Life. By Thomas Moore. Vol. II. London. John character, they bad become more fitted for the expression Murray. 1831. 4to. Pp. 823.
of that arch, waggish wisdom, that Epicurean play of hu
mour, which he had shown to be equally inherent in his The interest excited by this work, at the present mo various and prodigally-gifted nature; while, by the somement, makes every body much more anxious to know what increased roundness of the contours, the resemblance what it contains, than what is said of it. Were a reviewer of his tinely-formed mouth and chin to those of the Belveto stand prating at the threshold, as is the wont of such dere Apollo, had become still more striking. persons, his tittle-tattle would be considered little short “ His breakfast, which I found he rarely took before of an impertinence, seeing that his readers are thinking patched—his habit being to eat it standing, and the meal
three or four o'clock in the afternoon, was speedily disall the time not of him, but of Lord Byron. To escape
in general consisting of one or two raw eggs, a cup of tea, this odium, we propose presenting to-day a selection of without either milk or sugar, and a bit of dry biscuit. Bethe most interesting extracts we can find,-reserving for fore we took our departure, be presented me to the Countess next week our own opinions, which we shall then deliver Guiccioli, who was at this time, as my readers already with the gravity due to the “ wise saws and modern in- know, living under the same roof with him at La Mira; stances,” to which we are in the habit of giving birth.
and who, with a style of beauty singular in an Italian, as The second volume of this noble piece of biography upon my mind, during this our first short interview, of in
being fair-complexioned and delicate, left an impression commences with Byron's final departure for the conti- telligence and amiableness, such as all that I have since nent, carries us through all the events of his continental known or heard of her bas but served to confirm.” life, and finally closes the scene with the premature ex
We cannot better follow up this extract than with the tinction of all his hopes and aspirations at Missolonghi. following curious occurrence, which Byron describes in We shall commence our quotations with Moore's account his own powerful and original way: of a visit be paid to Lord Byron in Italy, in which there is much interesting matter :
“ Venice is in the estro of her carnival, and I have been MOORE'S VISIT TO BYRON IN ITALY.
up these last two nights at the ridotto and the opera, and “Having parted, at Milan, with Lord John Russell, all that kind of thing. Now for an adventure. A few wbom I had accompanied from England, and whom I was days ago, a gondolier brought me a billet without a subscripto rejoin, after a short visit to Rome, at Genoa, I made pur- tion, intimating a wish on the part of the writer to meet chase of a small and (as it soon proved) crazy travelling me either in gondola, or at the island of San Lazaro, or at carriage, and proceeded alone on my way to Venice. My a third rendezvous, indicated in the note. . I know the time being limited, I stopped no longer at the intervening country's disposition well,'--in Venice they do let heaven places than was sufficient to hurry over their respective see those tricks they dare not show,' &c. &c. ; so, for all Wonders, and, leaving Padua at noon, on the 8th of Octo- response, I said that neither of the three places suited me; ber, I found myself, about two o'clock, at the door of my but that I would either be at home at ten at night alone, or friend's villa, at La Mira. He was but just up, and in bis be at the ridotto at midnight, where the writer might meet bath; but the servant having announced my arrival, he me masked. At ten o'clock I was at home and alone, ( Mareturned a message, that, if I would wait till he was dress- rianna was gone with her husband to a conversazione, ) ed, he would accompany me to Venice. The interval I when the door of my apartment opened, and in walked a employed in conversing with my old acquaintance, Fletcher, well-looking and (for an Italian) bionda girl of about nineand in viewing, under his guidance, some of the apartments teen, who informed me that she was married to the brother of the villa.
of my amorosa, and wished to have some conversation with " It was not long before Lord Byron himself made his ap I made a decent reply, and we had some talk in Itapearance; and the delight I felt in meeting him once more, lian and Romaic, (her mother being a Greek of Corfu,) after a separation of so many years, was not a little heighten- | when, lo! in a very few minutes in marches, to my very ed, by observing that his pleasure was to the full as great, great astonishment, Marianna S **, in propria persona, while it was rendered doubly touching by the evident rarity and, after making a most polite curtsy to her sister-in-law of such meetings to him of late, and the frank outbreak of and to me, without a single word seizes her said sister-incordiality and gaiety with which he gave way to his feel law by the hair, and bestows upon her some sixteen slaps, ings. It would be impossible, indeed, to convey to those which would have made your ear ach only to hear their who have not, at some time or other, felt the charm of his echo. I need not describe the screaming which ensued. manner, any idea of wbat it could be when under the in- The luckless visitor took flight. I seized Marianna, who, fluence of such pleasurable excitement, as it was most flat- after several vain efforts to get away in pursuit of the eneteringly evident he experienced at this moment.
my, fairly went into fits in my arms; and, in spite of rea“ I was a good deal struck, however, by the alteration soning, eau de Cologne, vinegar, half a pint of water, and that had taken place in his personal appearance. He had God knows what other waters beside, continued so till past grown fatter, both in person and face, and the latter had midnight. most suffered by the change having lost, by the enlarge “ After damning my servants for letting people in withment of the features, some of that refined and spiritualized out apprising me, I found that Marianna in the morning look, that had, in other times, distinguished it." The addi had seen her sister-in-law's gondolier on the stairs; and, tion of whiskers, too, which he had not long before been suspecting that his apparition boded her no good, had either induced to adopt, from hearing that some one had said he returned of her own accord, or been followed by her maids had a ' faccia di musico,' as well as the length to which his or some other spy of her people, to the conversazione, from hair grew down on his neck, and the rather foreign air of whence she returned to perpetrate this piece of pugilism.
LETTER FROM THE CONTINENT TO LADY BYRON.
I had seen fits before, and also some small scenery of the close to them in public as in private, whenever they can. same genus in and out of our island; but this was not all. In short, they transfer marriage to adultery, and strike After about an hour, in comes-who? why, Signor S. the not out of that commandment. The reason is, that her lord and husband, and finds me with his wife fainting they marry for their parents, and love for themselves. upon a sofa, and all the apparatus of confusion, dishevelled They exact fidelity from a lover as a debt of honour, while bair, hats, handkerchiefs, salts, smelling bottles-and the they pay the husband as a tradesman, that is, not at all. lady as pale as ashes, without sense or motion. His first You hear a person's character, male or female, canvassed question was, “What is all this?' The lady could not re not as depending on their conduct to their husbands or ply—so I did. I told him the explanation was the easiest wives, but to their mistress or lover. If I wrote a quarto, thing in the world; but, in the meantime, it would be as I don't know that I could do more than amplify what I well to recover his wife-at least, her senses. This came bave here noted. It is to be observed, that while they do about in due time of suspiration and respiration.
all this, the greatest outward respect is to be paid to the “ You need not be alarmed-jealousy is not the order of husband, not only by the ladies, but by their Serventithe day in Venice, and daggers are out of fashion, while particularly if the husband serves no one himself (which is duels, on love matters, are unknown-at least with the not often the case, however); so that you would often suphusbands. But, for all this, it was an awkward affair ; pose them relations—the Servente making the figure of one and though he must have known that I made love to Mari- adopted into the family. Sometimes the ladies run a little anna, yet I believe he was not, till that evening, aware of restive and elopè, or divide, or make a scene; but this is at the extent to which it had gone. It is very well known starting, generally when they know no better, or when that almost all the married women have a lover ; but it is they fall in love with a foreigner, or some such anomaly— usual to keep up the forms, as in other nations. I did not, and is always reckoned unnecessary and extravagant." therefore, know what the devil to say. I could not out with the truth, out of regard to her, and I did not choose
After their final separation, Byron had rarely any to lie for my sake :-besides, the thing told itself. I thought correspondence, either direct or indirect, with his wife. the best way would be to let her explain it as she chose (a One letter, however, is given, dated “ Pisa, Nov. 17th, woman being never at a loss-the devil always sticks by 1821," addressed by the exiled husband to his wife, upon them)only determining to protect and carry her off, in an interesting and touching occasion. It is written not case of any ferocity on the part of the Signor. I saw that altogether coldly, but with the dignity and determination he was quite calm. She went to bed, and next day-how of a man who was resolutely fixed in the line of conduct they settled it, I know not, bat settle it they did. 'Wellthen I had to explain to Marianna about this never-to-be
to which he had been driven. It is not the letter of one sufficiently contounded sister-in-law: which I did by who had ever attempted conduct so gross, that his surviswearing innocence, eternal constancy, &c. &c."
ving spouse, to guard herself from the charge of callousIt appears that Byron was requested to write a work ness, can only hint at it darkly, as if ashamed to divulge on Italy, but this he declined doing, on good grounds. In
The letter is the manly and straight-forward comthe following hasty remarks, however, on this subject, position of one who felt he had been harshly used, althere is more substantial thinking than is to be found in though, at the same time, not ignorant of the imperfecone half of the flimsy books of modern tourists and tra
tions of his own temper. It is as follows: vellers : REMARKS ON ITALY AND THE ITALIANS.
« Pisa, November 17th, 1821. " You ask me for a volume of manners, &c., on Italy. * I have to acknowledge the receipt of · Ada's hair,' Perhaps I am in the case to know more of them than most which is very soft and pretty, and nearly as dark already as Englishmen, because I have lived among the natives, and mine was at twelve years old, if I may judge from what I in parts of the country where Englishmen never resided recollect of some in Augusta's possession, taken at that age. before (I speak of Romagna and this place particularly); But it don't curl-perhaps from its being let grow. but there are many reasons why I do not choose to treat in “ I also thank you for the inscription of the date and print on such a subject. I have lived in their houses and name, and I will tell you why; I believe that they are the in the heart of their families, sometimes merely as amico only two or three words of your handwriting in my posdi casa,' and sometimes as “amico di cuore,' of the Dama, session. For your letters I returned, and except the two and in neither case do I feel myself authorized in making words, or rather the one word, 'Household,' written twice a book of them. Their moral is not your moral; their life in an old account-book, I have no other. I burnt your last is not your life; you would not understand it: it is not
note, for two reasons :- 1stly, It was written in a style pot English, nor French, nor German, which you would all | very agreeable; and, 2dly, 'I wished to take your word understand. The convertual education, the cavalier servi- without documents, wbich are the worldly resources of sustude, the habits of thought and living, are so entirely dif- picious people. ferent, and the difference becomes so much more striking “I suppose that this note will reach you somewhere the more you live intimately with them, that I know not about Ada's birthday-the 10th of December, I believe. how to make you comprehend a people who are at once She will then be six, so that in about twelve more I shall temperate and profligate, serious in their characters and have some chance of meeting her—perhaps sooner, if I am buffoons in their amusements, capable of impressions and obliged to go to England by business or otherwise. Recolpassions which are at once sudden and durable, (what you lect, however, one thing, either in distance or nearnessfind in no other nation,) and who actually have no society, every day which keeps us asunder should, after so long a (what we would call so, ) as you may see by their comedies; period, rather soften our mutual feelings, which must althey have no real comedy, not even in Goldini, and that is ways have one rallying-point as long as our child exists, because they have no society to draw it from.
which, I presume, we both hope will be long after either of “ Their conversazioni are not society at all. They go to
her parents. the theatre to talk, and into company to hold their tongues. “ The time which has elapsed since the separation, has The women sit in a circle, and the men gather into gronps, been considerably more than the whole brief period of our or they play at dreary faro, or lotto reale,' for sınall sums. union, and the not much longer one of our prior acquaintTheir academie are concerts like our own, with better music ance. We both made a bitter mistake; but now it is over, and more form. Their best things are the carnival balls and irrevocably so. For, at thirty-three on my part, and and masquerades, when every body runs mad for six weeks. a few years less on yours, though it is no very extended After their dinners and suppers they make extempore period of life, still it is one when the habits and thoughts verses and buffoon one another; but it is in a humour which are generally so formed, as to admit of no modification; and you would not enter into, ye of the north.
as we could not agree when younger, we should with dif“ In their houses it is better. I should know something (ficulty do so now. of the matter, having had a pretty general experience “ I say all this, because I own to you, that, notwithamong their women, from the fisherman's wife up to the standing every thing, I considered our reunion as pot imNobil Dama whom I serve. Their system has its rules, possible for more than a year after the separation—but then and its fitnesses, and its decorums, so as to be reduced to a I gave up the hope entirely and for ever.
But this very kind of discipline or game at hearts, which admits few de- impossibility of reunion seems to me at least a reason why, viations, unless you wish to lose it. They are extremely on all the few points of discussion which can arise between tenacious, and jealous as furies, not permitting their lover's us, we should preserve the courtesies of life, and as much even to marry if they can help it, and keeping them always of its kindness, as people who are never to meet may pre
TO MR MURRAY.
SEPARATION FROM HIS WIFE.
serve perhaps more easily than nearer connexions. For my who, considering her late conduct, is the very last person own part, I am violent, but not malignant; for only fresh that any friend of her husband ought to compliment. We provocations can awaken my resentments. To you, who shall have more to say on this subject next Saturday. are colder and more concentrated, would just hint, that you may sometimes mistake the depth of a cold
In a letter to his publisher, Mr Murray, Lord Byron anger for dignity, and a worse feeling for duty. I assure lays down the rules which he announces his intention to you that I bear you now (whatever I may have done) no
adhere to in prosecuting his studies. We shall entitle resentment whatever. Remember, that if you have injured them me in aught, this forgiveness is something, and that, if I
BYRON'S RULES OF LITERARY CONDUCT. have injured you, it is something more still, if it be true, as the moralists say, that the most offending are the least forgiving.
“Ravenna, 24th Sept. 1821. “ Whether the offence has been solely on my side, or re
“I have been thinking over our late correspondence, and ciprocal, or on yours chiefly, I have ceased to reflect upon wish to propose to you the following articles for our future: any but two things-viz.. that you are the mother of my
“1stly. That you shall write to me of yourself, of the child, and that we shall never meet again. I think, if you health, wealth, and welfare of all friends; but of me (quoad also consider the two corresponding points with reference me) little or nothing. to myself, it will be better for all three.
“2dly. That you shall send me soda-powders, tooth« Noel BYRON.” powder, tooth-brushes, or any such anti-odontalgic or che
mical articles, as heretofore, 'ad libitum,' upon being reimSome readers will perhaps be disappointed that Moore bursed for the same. has scarcely alluded at all to the charges which Lady “3dly. That you shall not send me any modern, or (as Byron and her friends have recently advanced against they are called) new publications, in English, whatsoever, the deceased poet. He has given Lady Byron's “ Letter,” save and excepting any writing, prose or verse, of (or reaor “Remarks,” at the end of the volume, without any Campbell
, Rogers, Gifford, Joanna Baillie, Irving (the
sonably presumed to be of) Walter Scott, Crabbe, Moore, comment; and he carefully abstains from entering the lists American,)
Hogg, Wilson (Isle of Palms man,) or any with Thomas Campbell. This may be prudent in so far especial single work of fancy which is thought to be of conas he himself is concerned,—but we doubt whether it is siderable merit; Voyages and Travels, provided that they generous towards his departed friend. This duty, we are neither in Greece, Spain, Asia Minor, Albania, nor Italy, think, became more imperative on the biographer, when will be welcome. Having travelled the countries mentioned, we see him giving a place in his work to such a passage I know that what is said of them can convey nothing faras the following:
ther which I desire to know about them.- No other English
works whatsoever. BYROX'S ACCOUNT OF THE CAUSES WHICH LED TO HIS “ 4thly. That you send me no periodical works whatso
ever-10 Edinburgh, Quarterly, Monthly, nor any review, “The chief subject of our conversation, when alone, was magazine, or newspaper, English or foreign, of any descriphis marriage, and the load of obloquy which it had brought tion, upon him. He was most anxious to know the worst that “ 5thly. That you send me no opinions whatsoever, either had been alleged of his conduct; and as this was our first good, bad, or indifferent, of yourself, or your friends, or opportunity of speaking together on the subject, I did not others, concerning any work, or works, of mine, past, prehesitate to put his candour most searchingly to the proof, sent, or to come. not only by enumerating the various charges I had heard “6thly. That all negotiations in matters of business bebrought against him by others, but by specifying such tween you and me pass through the medium of the Hon. portions of these charges as I had been inclined to tbink not Douglas Kinnaird, my friend and trustee, or Mr Hobincredible myself. To all this he listened with patience, house, as 'alter ego,'and tantamount to myself during my and answered with the most unhesitating frankness, laugh
absence or presence. ing to scorn the tales of unmanly outrage related of him,
“Some of these propositions may at first seem strange, but bat at the same time acknowledging that there had been in they are well founded. The quantity of trash I have received his conduct but too much to blame and regret, and stating one
as books is incalculable, and neither amused nor instructed. or two occasions, during his domestic life, when he had been Reviews and magazines are at the best but ephemeral and irritated into letting the breath of bitter words' escape him superficial reading :—who thinks of the grand article of last - Words, rather those of the unquiet spirit that possessed year in any given Review ? In the next place, if they regard him than his own, and which he now evidently remembered myself, they tend to increase egotism. 'Itfavourable, I do with a degree of remorse and pain, which might well have not deny that the praise elates, and if unfavourable, that the entitled them to be forgotten by others. It was at the abuse irritates. The latter may conduct me to inflict a spesame time manifest, that, whatever admissions he might be cies of satire, which would neither do good to you nor to inclined to make respecting his own delinquencies, the
your friends: they may smile now, and so may you ; but if inordinate measure of the punishment dealt out to him had I took you all in hand, it would not be difficult to cut you sunk deeply into his mind; and with the usual effect of up like gourds. I did as much by as powerful people at such injustice, drove him also to be unjust himself—so much nineteen years old, and I know little as yet in tliree-andso, indeed, as to impute to the quarter to which he now thirty, which should prevent me from making all your ribs traced all his ill fate, a feeling of fixed hostility to himself, gridirons for your hearts, if such were my propensity: but which would not rest, he thought, even at his grave, but it is not ; therefore let me hear none of your provocations. continue to persecute his memory, as it was now embitter- If any thing occurs so very gross as to require my notice, I ing bis life. So strong was this impression
upon him, that, shall hear of it from my legal friends. For the rest, I merely during one of our few intervals of seriousness, he conjured request to be left in ignorance. me, by our friendship, if, as he both felt and hoped, I
“ The same applies to opinions, good, bad, indifferent, of should survive him, not to let unmerited censure settle upon persons in conversation or correspondence. These do not his name, but, while I surrendered him
up to condemnation interrupt, but they soil, the current of my mind. I am senwhere he deserved it, to vindicate him where aspersed. sitive enough, but not till I am troubled ; and here I am How groundless and wrongful were these apprehensions beyond the
touch of the short arms of literary England, the early death which he so often predicted and sighed for except the few feelers of the polypus that crawl over the has enabled us, unfortunately, but too soon to testify.
So channels in the way of extract. far from having to defend him against any such assailants, libeller or the Hatterer would there reach me in spite of all;
“ All these precautions in England would be useless; the friends than as enemies, is all that I find raised in hostility but in Italy we know little of literary England, and think to his name; while by few, I am inclined to think, would less, except what reaches us through some garbled and brief a generous amnesty over his grave be more readily and cor
extract in some miserable gazette. For two years (excepting dially concurred in than by her, among whose numerous
two or three articles cut out and sent to you the post) I virtues a forgiving charity towards himself was the ouly never read a newspaper which was not forced upon me by one to which she had not yet taught him to render justice." some accident; and know, upon the whole, as little of EngThe last two sentences of the above extract are to us
land as you do of Italy, and God knows that is little enough,
with all your travels, &c. &c. &c. The English travellers rather unintelligible. If they mean any thing, they imply know Italy as you know Guernsey; how much is that? a sneer at Campbell, and a compliment to Lady Byron, “ If any thing occurs so violently gross or personal as
requires notice, Mr Douglas Kinnaird will let me know ; / arguments. I believe she was right. I must put more but of praise, I desire to hear nothing.
love into 'Sardanapalus' than I intended. I speak, of “ You will say, • To what tends all this?' I will answer course, if the times will allow me leisure. That if will THAT;-to keep my mind free and unbiassed by all paltry hardly be a peace-maker. and personal irritabilities of praise or censure-to let my
“ January 14, 1821. genius take its natural direction, while my feelings are like the dead, who know nothing and feel nothing of all or aught lines of the intended tragedy of Sardanapalus. Rode out
“ Turned over Seneca's tragedies. Wrote the opening that is said or done in their regard. “ If you can observe these conditions, you will spare your- dined-wrote some more of my tragedy.
some miles into the forest. Misty and rainy. Returnedself and others some pain; let me not be worked upon to rise up; for if I do, it will not be for a little. If you can- other books. Wrote some more of the tragedy. Took a
“ Read Diodorus Siculus-turned over Seneca, and some not observe these conditions, we shall cease to be correspondents -- but not friends, for I shall always be yours ever and glass of grog: After having ridden hard in rainy weather, truly,
and scribbled, and scribbled again, the spirits (at least mine) P.S. I have taken these resolutions not from any irri- need a little exhilaration, and I don't like laudanum now as tation against you or yours; but simply upon reflection that and single waters, which I shall now proceed to empty.
So I have mixed a glass of strong waters all reading, either praise or censure, of myself has done me Therefore and thereunto I conclude this day’s diary. harm. When I was in Switzerland and Greece, I was out
“ The effect of all wines and spirits upon me is, howof the way of hearing either, and how I wrote there !-In Italy I am out of the way of it too; but latterly, partly
ever, strange. It settles, but it makes me gloomy-gloomy through my fault, and partly through your kindness in at the very moment of their effect, and not gay hardly ever. wishing to send me the newest and best periodical publica- But it composes for a time, though sullenly. tions, I have bad a crowd of Reviews, &c., thrust upon me,
“ January 15, 1821. which have bored me with their jargon, of one kind or an “ Weather fine. Received visit. Rode out into the other, and taken off my attention from greater objects. You forest-fired pistols. Returned home-- dined-dipped into have also sent me a parcel of trash of poetry, for no reason a volume of 'Mitford's Greece-wrote part of a scene of that I can conceive, unless to provoke me to write a new • Sardanapalus.' Went out-heard some music-heard 'English Bards.' Now this I wish to avoid; for if ever I some politics. More ministers from the other Italian do, it will be a strong production; and I desire peace as powers gone to Congress. War seems certain—in that case, long as the fools will keep their nonsense out of my way." it will be a savage one. Talked over various important
Containing as this volume does, like its predecessor, matters with one of the initiated. At ten and half returned much more of the original letters and memoranda of home. Byron, than of Moore's more laboured and polished, but 1814, Moore" the poet' pur excellence, and he deserves it
“I have just thought of something odd. In the year far feebler narrative, almost every page teems with ori- and I were going together, in the same carriage, to dine ginal and striking observations, and graphic and power- with Earl Grey, the Capo Politico of the remaining whigs. ful sketches. What, for example, could be more perfect Murray, the magnificent-the illustrious publisher of that of its kind than the following rapid etching, betraying, name—had just sent me a Java Gazette, I know not why, by a few strokes, the hand of a master ?
or wherefore. Pulling it out, by way of curiosity, we
found it to contain a dispute—the said Java Gazette—on BYRON'S ACCOUNT OF PINDEMONTE.
Moore's merits and mine. I think, if I had been there, “ To-day, Pindemonte, the celebrated poet of Verona, that I could have saved them the trouble of disputing on called on me; he is a little thin man, with acute and plea- the subject. But there is fame for you at six-and-twenty! sing features ; his address good and gentle; his appearance Alexander had conquered' India at the same age; but I altogether very philosophical ; his age about sixty, or more. doubt if he was disputed about, or his conquests compared He is one of their best going. I gave him Forsyth, as he with those of Indian Bacchus, at Java. speaks, or reads rather, a little English, and will find there “ It was great fame to be named with Moore; greater to a favourable account of himself. He enquired after his old be compared with him; greatest-pleasure, at least to be Cruscan friends, Parsons, Greathead, Mrs Piozzi, and with him ; and, surely an odd coincidence, that we should Merry, all of whom he had known in his youth. I gave be dining together while they were quarrelling about us him as bad an account of them as I could,' answering, as beyond the equinoctial line. the false · Solomon Lob' does to · Totterton' in the farce, « Well, the same evening I met Lawrence the painter, 'all gone dead, and d-d by a satire more than twenty and heard one of Earl Grey's daughters-a fine, tall, spirityears ago ; that the name of their extinguisher was Gifford; looking girl, with much of the patrician thorough-bred look that they were but a sad set of scribes after all, and no great of her father, which I dote upon-play on the harp, so things in any other way. He seemed, as was natural, very modestly and ingeniously, that she looked music. Well, I much pleased with this account of his old acquaintances, would rather have had my talk with Lawrence-who talked and went away greatly gratified with that, and Mr For- delightfully-and heard the girl, thon have had all the fame syth's sententious paragraph of applause in his own (Pin- of Moore and me put together. demonte's) favour. After having been a little libertine in “ The only pleasure of fame is, that it paves the way to his youth, he is grown devout, and takes prayers, and talks pleasure ; and the more intellectual our pleasure, the better to himself, to keep off the devil; but for all that, he is a for the pleasure and for us too. It was, however, agreevery nice little old gentleman.”
able to have heard our fame before dinner, and a girl's barp We subjoin a specimen of the manner in which Byron
after." kept his diary. It places the very man before us : Several pieces of unpublished poetry, of great beauty AN EXTRACT FROM BYRON'S DIARY.
and interest, are scattered throughout the volume. We “Sketched the outline and Drams. Pers, of an intended have room for only the following stanzas : tragedy of Sardanapalus, which I have for some time meditated. Took the names from Diodorus Siculus-I know the history of Sardanapalus, and have known it “ Oh, talk not to me of a name great in story, since I was twelve years old and read over a passage in the The days of our youth are the days of our glory; ninth vol. octavo of Mitford's Greece, where he rather And the myrtle and ivy of sweet two-and-twenty, vindicates the memory of this last of the Assyrians. Are worth all your laurels, though ever so plenty.
“ Dined-news come-the Powers mean to war with the peoples. The intelligence seems positive-let it be so-they “ What are garlands and crowns to the brow that is wrinwill be beaten in the end. The king-times are fast finish kled ? ing. There will be blood shed like water, and tears like 'Tis but as a dead flower with May-dew besprinkled. mist; but the peoples will conquer in the end. I shall not Then away with all such from the head that is hoary! live to see it, but I foresee it.
What care' I for the wreath that can only give glory? “ I carried Teresa the Italian translation of Grillparzer's Sappho, which she promises to read. She quarrelled with “Oh, Fame ! if I e'er took delight in thy praises, me, because I said that love was not the loftiest theme for 'Twas less for the sake of thy high-sounding phrases, true tragedy; and, having the advantage of her native lan- Than to see the bright eyes of the dear One discover, guage, and natural female eloquence, she overcame my fewer She thought that I was not unworthy to love her.