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Conversations on Religion, with Lord Byron
H. B. B. to an unknown correspondent, 4 October 1827

First Conversation
Kennedy on Scripture
Second Conversation
Third Conversation
Fourth Conversation
Fifth Conversation
Memoir of Byron
Byron’s Character
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Kingston, Jamaica, Oct. 4th, 1827.
Dear Sir,

“It is with deep concern that I have to communicate the death of Dr. Kennedy, which took place on the 18th of last month, after an illness of three days, with, yellow fever: he died at Up-Park Camp. . . He received, some days previously to his illness, a notification that he was to return to Europe by the first opportunity. He was, certainly, not one whom I should have thought likely to suffer from the fever; but I fear the great fatigue and responsibility of the charge he lately had, in a climate like this, must prove more or less injurious to an European constitution.

“I most sincerely lament his death; it is a great loss to the medical department of the army, and to the world. The officers of the 22nd regiment at Stony Hill, to which station he was some time attached, could not express themselves with greater sorrow, had they known him for years: in fact, every one who had the pleasure
of his acquaintance, could not but estimate him very highly. It is only a few weeks since he came from Stony Hill on duty, with Mr. Tully, and slept at my house. We spent that evening at Mr. T.’s, and as we three were the only persons present, it is melancholy to me to think that I am the only one now surviving. . . .

Yours, &c.
H. B. B.”