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Lord Byron to John Murray, 18 June 1818

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“Venice, June 18th, 1818.

“Business and the utter and inexplicable silence of all my correspondents renders me impatient and troublesome. I wrote to Mr. Hanson for a balance which is (or ought to be) in his hands;—no answer. I expected the messenger with the Newstead papers two months ago, and instead of him, I received a requisition to proceed to Geneva, which (from * *, who knows my wishes and opinions about approaching England) could only be irony or insult.

“I must, therefore, trouble you to pay into my bankers’ immediately whatever sum or sums you can make it convenient to do on our agreement; otherwise, I shall be put to the severest and most immediate inconvenience; and this at a time when, by every rational prospect and calculation, I ought to be in the receipt of considerable sums. Pray do not neglect this; you have no idea to what inconvenience you will otherwise put me. * * had some absurd notion about the disposal of this money in annuity (or God knows what), which I merely listened to when he was here to avoid squabbles and sermons; but I have occasion for the principal, and had never any serious idea of appropriating it otherwise than to answer my personal expenses. Hobhouse’s wish is, if possible, to force me back to England*: he will not succeed; and if he did, I would not stay. I hate the country, and like this; and all foolish opposition, of course, merely adds to the feeling. Your silence makes me doubt the success of Canto Fourth. If it has failed, I will make such deduction as you think proper and fair from the original agreement; but I could wish whatever is to be paid were remitted to me, without delay, through the usual channel, by course of post.

“When I tell you that I have not heard a word from England since very early in May, I have made the eulogium of my friends, or the persons who call themselves so, since I have written so often and in the

* Deeply is it, for many reasons, to be regretted that this friendly purpose did not succeed.

A. D. 1818. LIFE OF LORD BYRON. 191
greatest anxiety. Thank God, the longer I am absent, the less cause I see for regretting the country or its living contents.

“I am yours, &c.

“P.S. Tell Mr. * * * that * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * and that I will never forgive him (or any body) the atrocity of their late silence at a time when I wished particularly to hear, for every reason, from my friends.”