1812 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

Granville Penn

Lord Byron to John Murray, 14 September 1812; Letters and Journals, ed. Rowland E. Prothero (1898-1901) 2:143-44.



Cheltenham, Sept. 14, 1812.

DEAR SIR,

The parcels contained some letters and verses, all (but one) anonymous and complimentary, and very anxious for my conversation from certain infidelities into which my good-natured correspondents conceive me to have fallen. The books were presents of a convertible kind also, — Christian Knowledge, and the Bioscope, a religious Dial of Life explained: — to the author of the former (Cadell, publisher,) I beg you will forward my best thanks for his letter, his present, and, above all, his good intentions. The Bioscope contained a MS. copy of very excellent verses, from whom I know not, but evidently the composition of some one in the habit of writing, and of writing well. I do not know if he be the author of the Bioscope which accompanied them; but whoever he is, if you can discover him, thank him from me most heartily. The other letters were from ladies, who are welcome to convert me when they please; and if I can discover them, and they be young, as they say they are, I could convince them perhaps of my devotion. I had also a letter from Mr. Walpole on matters of this world, which I have answered....