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Lord Byron to John Taylor, 25 September 1815

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“13, Terrace, Piccadilly, September 25th, 1815.

“I am sorry you should feel uneasy at what has by no means troubled me†. If your Editor, his correspondents, and readers, are amused, I have no objection to be the theme of all the ballads he can find room for,—provided his lucubrations are confined to me only.

“It is a long time since things of this kind have ceased to ‘fright me from my propriety;’ nor do I know any similar attack which would

* Notwithstanding this precaution of the poet, the coincidence in question was, but a few years after, triumphantly cited in support of the sweeping charge of plagiarism brought against him by same scribblers. The following are Mr. Sotheby’s lines.

“And I have leapt
In transport from my flinty couch, to welcome
The thunder as it burst upon my roof,
And beckon’d to the lightning, as it flash’d
And sparkled on these fetters.”

Mr. Taylor having inserted in the Sun newspaper (of which he was then chief proprietor) a sonnet to Lord Byron, in return for a present which his lordship had sent him of a handsomely bound copy of all his works, there appeared in the same journal, on the following day (from the pen of some person who had acquired a control over the paper), a parody upon this sonnet, containing some disrespectful allusion to Lady Byron; and it is to this circumstance, which Mr. Taylor had written to explain, that the above letter, so creditable to the feelings of the noble husband, refers.

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induce me to turn again,—unless it involved those connected with me, whose qualities, I hope, are such as to exempt them in the eyes of those who bear no good-will to myself. In such a case, supposing it to occur—to reverse the saying of
Dr. Johnson,—‘what the law could not do for me, I would do for myself,’ be the consequences what they might.

“I return you, with many thanks, Colman and the letters. The Poems, I hope, you intended me to keep;—at least, I shall do so, till I hear the contrary.

“Very truly yours.”