Letter of Lord Byron to John Cam Hobhouse and Douglas Kinnaird, 19 January 1819

Byron's finances were often in a terrible state. This would often influence his opinions and place a strain on his relationship with his publisher John Murray. This letter addressed to Byron's close friends, the politicians Hobhouse and Kinnaird, who he met during his time at Cambridge University. They often acted on his behalf while he was out of the country.


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Copyright National Library of Scotland



Feb : 5th 1946)

Unpub : passages
P. Q. 2 vols

Venice. January 19th. 1819.

Dear H. and dear K. —

I approve and sanction
all your legal proceedings with regard to my affairs,
and can only repeat my thanks & approbation —
if you put off the payments of debts “till after
Lady Noel's death” — it is well — if till after her
damnation — better — for that will last for-
=ever. — yet I hope not; — for her sake as
well as the Creditor's — I am willing to believe
in a Purgatory. —
With regard to the Poeshie — I will have no
“cutting & slashing” as Perry calls it — you
may omit the stanzas on Castlereagh = indeed
it is better — & the two “Bobs” at the end
of the 3d. stanza of the dedication — which will
leave “high” & “adry” good rhymes without
any “double / or Single / Entendre” — but
no more — I appeal — not “to Philip fasting”
but to Philip Alexander drunk — I appeal
to Murray at his ledger — to the people —
in short, Don Juan shall be an entire horse
or none. — If the objection be to the indecency