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My Friends and Acquaintance
R. Plumer Ward XVIII
Robert Plumer Ward to Peter George Patmore, 17 January 1841

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, Jan. 17, 1841,

Dear Patmore,— * * * I am particularly delighted with the discovery you
have made (which I own I never made myself) of the double constancy in the work, that of Bertha as well of De Clifford. It gives a very increased value to the story, though, as I say, it was not a part of my professed object. In this you make me feel like the Irishman, who, prosecuting another for an assault, was so impressed with the eloquence of his counsel (
Curran) in describing it, that he advanced into the middle of the court and addressed the jury: ‘Indade, now, it’s all true, every word of it; but I did not know I had been half so ill-used till this jintleman tould me.’ I, of course, meant to represent De C. as always in high favour with Bertha, without, perhaps, her knowing how much; but confess it was not my object to demonstrate her constancy as well as his.

“You please me much by what you say of the quarrel with Albany. I myself felt very heroic in writing it. * * *

“R. P. W.

“P.S.—What is the ‘Betrothed,’ advertised by Bentley? Was not that the title of the novel you praised so much, and which I have been looking for ever since? But that was
to be published by
Colburn. What is the mystery of its postponement? C. told me it has long been printed, though not brought out.”