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Lord Byron to Francis Hodgson, 12 December 1811

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“8, St. James’s-street, Dec. 12th, 1811.

“Why, Hodgson! I fear you have left off wine and me at the same time,—I have written and written and written, and no answer! My dear Sir Edgar, water disagrees with you,—drink sack and write. Bland did not come to his appointment, being unwell, but M * * e supplied all other vacancies most delectably. I have hopes of his joining us at Newstead. I am sure you would like him more and more as he developes,—at least I do.

“How Miller and Bland go on, I don’t know. Cawthorne talks of being in treaty for a novel of Me. D’Arblay’s, and if he obtains it (at 1000 gs.!!) wishes me to see the MS. This I should read with pleasure,—not that I should ever dare to venture a criticism on her whose writings Dr. Johnson once revised, but for the pleasure of the thing. If my worthy publisher wanted a sound opinion, I should send the MS. to Rogers and M * * e, as men most alive to true taste. I have had frequent letters from Wm. Harness, and you are silent; certes, you are not a schoolboy. However, I have the consolation of knowing that you are better employed, viz. reviewing. You don’t deserve that I should add another syllable, and I won’t. Yours, &c.

“P.S. I only wait for your answer to fix our meeting.”