LORD  BYRON  and  his  TIMES
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My Friends and Acquaintance
R. Plumer Ward XX
Robert Plumer Ward to Peter George Patmore, 12 April 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, April 12, 1841.

My dear Patmore,—Very many thanks for your kind communication. In my total dearth of intelligence respecting my bantling, it was worth a good deal; and the —— is really very flattering. I am quite surprised at the non-appearance of the work till last Wednesday. My copies certainly came before. I suppose there will be a notice in the next ——, and I hope it will be by a certain friend of mine. I will spare you the trouble as to the next week, by ordering it of my newsman.

“Pray can you tell me the writer of the little scrap in the —— ——, whose play upon ‘Time’ you made me notice.

“You did not tell me the name I could not make out as the author of ‘Cecil.’ Sir Greorge Anson says it is reported to be a Mr. Fairchild; probably thicker skinned than he of ‘De Clifford.’ I saw the notice of the ‘Engagement’ in the ——, but, except the extract from your own ample review of it, it was I thought, rather meagre.


You said you had two reviews of De C. to accomplish. Is the other for the next ‘New Monthly?’

“I shall look out for your promised letter in answer to mine on your own subject, and only repeating, that there is no man’s well-doing in which I take a greater interest,

“I remain, dear Patmore,
“Much and truly yours,
”R. P. Ward.

“Since writing the above, I am much amused with a paragraph in the ‘Globe,’ Sir George Anson’s paper, which he has just brought me, fixing many of the characters in ‘De Clifford’ as portraits of originals, particularly Lord Rochfort, whom, it says, everybody will recognise. It is, at least, more than I can do myself, any more than Albany, and others mentioned. If this goes on, I shall have a fine kettle of fish, as Western says.

“Would you have me disclaim all this? or do you think it a refined puff oblique of the shop? The paragraph desires a key from the publisher; you know there is no such key. The only real bonâ fide sketch I know
of is my dearest and earliest friend, whose picture Manners descants upon at the Grange, under the initials of Sir M. S. S. This was certainly
Sir Michael Shaw Stewart, father of the late baronet, and this I should not be sorry for the world to know, if they thought it worth while. There are also resemblances here and there to Lord Mulgrave, my most revered connexion and friend, in Lord Castleton; but these are confined to his high sense of honour, disinterested plainness, and love of letters. All the other portraits are, as you know, of a class, not individuals.”