Letter of Lord Byron to John Murray, 23 August 1811

Byron had great respect for Murray's chief literary adviser, William Gifford. However, on this occasion, he was worried that Gifford would not like what he had written so he told Murray not to let Gifford read it.


Copyright National Library of Scotland

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or whatever you please to call it, will
admit. Mr. G. is not only the first Satirist
of the day, but Editor of one of the principal
Reviews. As such, he is the last man
whose censure, however eager to avoid it, I
would depreciate by clandestine means. You
will therefore retain the M.S. in your own
care, or if it must needs he shewn, send it to
another. Though not very patient of
Censure, I would fain obtain fairly any little
praise my rhymes might deserve, at all events
not by extortion & the humble solicitations
of a bandied about M.S. I am sure
a little consideration will convince you it would
be wrong. If you determine on
publication, I have some smaller poems