LORD  BYRON  and  his  TIMES
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My Friends and Acquaintance
R. Plumer Ward IX
Peter George Patmore to Robert Plumer Ward, [February? 1827]

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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“ * * * * With respect to the ‘machinery’ which is used to introduce the story of ‘De Vere,’ the author and myself do not seem to differ materially; and I am most glad to find that he intends (for so I understand him) to get rid of Beauclerk altogether. If the author will only call to mind the period of momentous interest to all parties, except Beauclerk himself, at which this person is first introduced at Talbois, he (the author) will perceive how much worse than superfluous his presence there must be.

“The author, it appears, does not see any objection to the plan he has adopted, of introducing us to his hero at a matured period of his life, and of settling his character, and his habits of thought and feeling, in our minds, and then going back for many years, to show how those habits and that character
were acquired? Neither do I see any objection to this plan that might not be counterbalanced by advantages which might be made to grow out of it. But the question is—Do any advantages grow out of it in the case now in point? This is the question for consideration. For, if they do not, then the plan is objectionable, simply because it is not the natural one. Now, I do not see that any advantages grow out of the artificial plan in this instance, and, therefore, I object to it. It is true this plan has enabled the author to interest us at once in the fate and fortunes of his hero. But the question is—whether in so doing he has not unduly precipitated an interest that would have been more effective and agreeable in its natural place? * * *

Let me add, in reference to particular passages in the extract sent me, first, that I by no means intended to ‘hold it as a rule that you cannot introduce a matured character,’ &c. and then go back to show how that character ‘was produced,’ &c. What I meant to say was, that in the instance of De Vere this plan had been carried to a mischievous extent. I perfectly remembered that the same plan was adopted in the case of Tremaine. But I remembered also, that in that case, though the time which the reader was carried back might be many years, the retrospection was effected in a few pages, instead of (as in De Vere) three whole volumes out of four.”