Letter of Lady Caroline Lamb to John Murray, February 1814

As Lord Byron's publisher and friend, Murray often got letters from Lamb enquiring after her former lover. Her emotional letters begged for details of his whereabouts, relationships and appearance.


Copyright National Library of Scotland

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L Webster — some newer object of momentary
2 enthusiasm is cause — is it not so — are
you not deceived? — I hear the Prince
speaks very ill of him — it was absurd
to put it in — how can he be surprised
that those whom he has trod upon like
reptiles so long should rise & bite when
they can — for God sake do not name me
to him do not say I write to you. he
tells every thing to Lady Melbourne — pray
do not you ever betray the entire confidence
I have shown you — if you do — do not
fancy I can defend my self. I can only sink
under it at once — say it is true & lament
my fate that I meet so often with those who are
false & dishonorable — from Lord Byron I have
never heard since the Time he took the little
Picture he had sent me from me to give
probably to some new favourite of the moment —
I wish him well — but I have also been too