LORD  BYRON  and  his  TIMES
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My Friends and Acquaintance
R. Plumer Ward XXII
Robert Plumer Ward to Peter George Patmore, [1844]

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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“Brook Street, Sunday.

Dear Patmore,—The solemnity of the first part of your letter frightened me out of my wits. I thought that both author and editor were damned beyond recovery, and that all your modest fears about looking me
in the face, arose from some atrocious abuse of me; when, behold, it was all praises, and turned all my anxiety into amusement. Certainly, nothing can be more comically ridiculous than the deep sagacity shown by those Thebans. As certain, that if any one is to be annoyed at it, it is not I; though I ought not to array myself in borrowed plumes. If only, therefore, for your sake, the Thebans, by some means or other, ought to be undeceived. As I know ——, I was thinking of writing to him a mere line of negation, of course, without informing him who the author is. I own I should not wish the mistake to spread, having, in fact, no right to what so exclusively belongs to you; and if you quit your incognito, which I suppose you will, it may make it more difficult. I am therefore very glad
Blanchard is not deceived, as well as that he is favourable.

“This is all I will say at present, except that if you think I have answered your questions with sufficient favour, and you really have anything of importance enough to justify the inconvenience of quitting your
dressing-gown, to visit me in mine by twelve to-morrow, I shall be glad to see you. And so we heartily bid you be of good cheer. Your sincere Jack Daw,*

“R. P. W.”