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Memoir of Francis Hodgson
Thomas Moore to Francis Hodgson, 8 November 1827

Vol. 1 Contents
Chapter I.
Chapter II. 1794-1807.
Chapter III. 1807-1808.
Chapter IV. 1808.
Chapter V. 1808-1809.
Chapter VI. 1810.
Chapter VII. 1811.
Chapter VIII. 1811.
Chapter IX. 1811.
Chapter X. 1811-12.
Chapter XI. 1812.
Chapter XII. 1812-13.
Chapter XIII. 1813-14.
Vol. 2 Contents
Chapter XIV. 1815-16.
Chapter XV. 1816-18.
Chapter XVI. 1815-22.
Chapter XVII. 1820.
Chapter XVIII. 1824-27.
Chapter XIX. 1827-1830
Chapter XX. 1830-36.
Chapter XXI. 1837-40.
Chapter XXII. 1840-47.
Chapter XXIII. 1840-52.
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Sloperton Cottage: November 8, 1827.

My dear Sir,—Our friend Mrs. Arkwright had already told me how kindly you were disposed towards me, but I am rejoiced to have it also under your own hand. You may be assured I shall have great pleasure in coming to you, when I next visit Derbyshire.

I cannot help thinking that you take rather too fastidious a view of Byron’s letters. Offensive personalities are, of course, inadmissible; but the names of friends, kindly mentioned, and allusions to some of the events in which he and those friends were engaged, could not fail to interest, and to interest harmlessly. If you view his correspondence
with you in this light, I am sure you will find much of it that a biographer could turn to account. At all events, it is of importance to me to see as much of his as I can, as the more I know of all the bearings of his life, thoughts, and feelings the deeper, of course, I shall be imbued with my subject, and the more chance there is of my being able to do justice to it. In this way you can be of material service to me, particularly with respect to the earlier part of his life, and the time of his first travels, which is the period I am most imperfectly supplied with information on. You need not put yourself to the least inconvenience in your kind task for me, as after Christmas will be abundantly soon for my purpose. It will double the pleasure of my visit to you if I am lucky enough to be able to accept
Mrs. Arkwright’s invitation to Mrs. Moore, and thus avail myself of the opportunity of introducing her to Mrs. Hodgson, to whom I beg my best remembrances. As our common friend was not formal, I don’t see why we should be so, and shall therefore say, my dear Hodgson,

I am yours very truly,
Thomas Moore.