LORD  BYRON  and  his  TIMES
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My Friends and Acquaintance
R. Plumer Ward XVI
Robert Plumer Ward to Peter George Patmore, 6 March 1839

Vol I Contents
Charles Lamb I
Charles Lamb II
Charles Lamb III
Charles Lamb IV
Charles Lamb V
Charles Lamb VI
Charles Lamb VII
Charles Lamb VIII
Charles Lamb IX
Charles Lamb X
Thomas Campbell I
Thomas Campbell II
Thomas Campbell III
Thomas Campbell IV
Thomas Campbell V
Thomas Campbell VI
Thomas Campbell VII
Lady Blessington I
Lady Blessington II
Lady Blessington III
Lady Blessington IV
Lady Blessington V
R. Plumer Ward I
R. Plumer Ward II
R. Plumer Ward III
R. Plumer Ward IV
R. Plumer Ward V
R. Plumer Ward VI
Appendix vol I
Vol II Contents
R. Plumer Ward VII
R. Plumer Ward VIII
R. Plumer Ward IX
R. Plumer Ward X
R. Plumer Ward XI
R. Plumer Ward XII
R. Plumer Ward XIII
R. Plumer Ward XIV
R. Plumer Ward XV
R. Plumer Ward XVI
R. Plumer Ward XVII
R. Plumer Ward XVIII
R. Plumer Ward XIX
R. Plumer Ward XX
R. Plumer Ward XXI
R. Plumer Ward XXII
R. Plumer Ward XXIII
Horace & James Smith I
Horace & James Smith II
William Hazlitt I
William Hazlitt II
William Hazlitt III
William Hazlitt IV
William Hazlitt V
William Hazlitt VI
William Hazlitt VII
William Hazlitt VIII
Appendix vol II
Vol III Contents
William Hazlitt IX
William Hazlitt X
William Hazlitt XI
William Hazlitt XII
William Hazlitt XIII
William Hazlitt XIV
William Hazlitt XV
William Hazlitt XVI
William Hazlitt XVII
William Hazlitt XVIII
William Hazlitt XIX
William Hazlitt XX
William Hazlitt XXI
William Hazlitt XXII
William Hazlitt XXIII
William Hazlitt XXIV
William Hazlitt XXV
William Hazlitt XXVI
Laman Blanchard I
Laman Blanchard II
Laman Blanchard III
Laman Blanchard IV
Laman Blanchard V
Laman Blanchard VI
Laman Blanchard VII
Laman Blanchard VIII
R & T Sheridan I
R & T Sheridan II
R & T Sheridan III
R & T Sheridan IV
R & T Sheridan V
R & T Sheridan VI
R & T Sheridan VII
R & T Sheridan VIII
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“Okeover Hall, March 6, 1839.

My dear Patmore,—I have been ungratefully faulty in not sooner answering your last kind letter (I am afraid even to look at the date), nor will I make things worse by the only cause, not excuse, I can assign for it—too much leisure, and consequent procrastination. In short,
“‘I blush and am confounded to appear
Before thy presence, Cato.’

“By the bye, were you ever called Cato before? * * *

“I shall be quite sorry to come to town, though it may give me an opportunity of seeing the few friends I have not survived in the world, you among the best of them. My deafness, however, and the hours I am obliged
to keep, to preserve that delightful freedom from complaint which I am graciously allowed in my old age, unfit me for society, and I am literally forced to shut myself up, happy to have such a retreat in which to do so, and perform my no penance.

“I could sometimes wish it otherwise, as I did lately, when Peel asked me for a few days to Drayton, to meet some of our old political friends, which I felt forced to decline on account of my being a bore from my infirmity [his deafness]. I mention it, however, chiefly to add his amusing mode of invitation. He said he was glad to see, as I had quitted politics, that I had betaken myself to literature, adding, ‘tam Marti, quam Mercurio,’—‘by which,’ said he, ‘you see, I suppose Mars had a seat at a military board, perhaps the Ordnance.’

“Now pray tell me what was the ill-usage or discouragement which, in one of your letters, you said the Tories had given you? Peel’s name made me recollect this. All I can say is, that if they disgusted you, they were uncommon fools for their pains.

“You talk of reviewers, and well. I have
observed how little they say of
Bulwer. That the ‘Quarterly’ should do so does not surprise me; but, as party is everything, that the ‘Edinburgh’ should neglect him, does.

“By the way, have you ever happened to hear more of the pamphlet? It got to Edinburgh; for Lord Rosebery (my wife’s cousin) wrote word he had been reading it after the review. Do you recollect whether one was sent to Lord Lonsdale? If not, pray order one to him. He wrote me about the essay, and said it had disturbed all his views about the character of the Revolutionists of 1688; and thought I had a great deal of courage not to fear the hornets of the present day. I think, however, I pride myself upon it, and, having just read the essay again, own (though I am not a proper judge) that I value it as a work, and think it may in time be valued by the sober part of the world as much as ‘Tremaine.’

“So much for self-deceit. * * *

Pour moi, I necessarily read and write a great deal—both chiefly concerning the great subject ‘Human Life,’ which may possibly produce more fruit.


“I find the ‘Pictures’ more spoken of, and read much here. My real studies, however, are biblical, in which, with ten thousand differences with the orthodox, I venture to hope I can satisfy myself.

“Adieu. Pray write to me, notwithstanding I don’t deserve it. But tell me what you are about, and answer me in respect to your wishes as to ——. Meantime, believe that I am,

“Much yours,
“R. P. W.”