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.


Copyright National Library of Scotland


the Age which applauds the “Bath Guide” &
Little's poems — & reads Fielding and Smollett
still — may bear with that; — if to
the poetry — I will take my chance. —
I will not give way to all the Cant of
Christendom — I have been cloyed with applause
& sickened with abuse; — at present — I care
for little but the Copyright; — I have imbibed /
a great love for money — let me have it —
if Murray loses this time — he won't the
next — he will be cautious — and I shall
hear learn the decline of his wantonness by
his epistolary indications. — But
in no case will I submit to have the
poem mutilated. — There is another
Canto written — but not copied — in
two hundred & odd Stanzas; — if this proceeds )
as to the prudery of the present day — what
is it? are we more moral than when Prior —
wrote — is there anything in “Don Juan” so strong
as in Ariosto — or Voltaire — or Chaucer? —