1830 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

Lord Byron

John Wilson Croker to John Murray, 1830; Smiles, A Publisher and his Friends: Memoir of John Murray (1891) 2:321-22.



As to what you say of Byron's volume, no doubt there are longeurs, but really not many. The most teasing part is the blanks, which perplex without concealing. I also think that Moore went on a wrong principle, when, publishing any personality, he did not publish all. It is like a suppression of evidence. When such horrors are published of Sir S. Romilly, it would have been justice to his memory to show that, on the slightest provocation, Byron would treat his dearest friend in the same style. When his sneers against Lady Byron and her mother are recorded, it would lessen their effect if it were shown that he sneered at all man and womankind in turn; and that the friend of his choicest selection, or the mistress of his maddest love, were served no better, when the maggot (selfishness) bit, than his wife or his mother-in-law.