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Lord Byron to John Murray, 11 September 1820

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“Ravenna, Sept. 11th, 1820.

“Here is another historical note for you. I want to be as near truth as the drama can be.

“Last post I sent you a note fierce as Faliero himself*, in answer to a trashy tourist, who pretends that he could have been introduced to me. Let me have a proof of it, that I may cut its lava into some shape.

“What Gifford says is very consolatory (of the First Act). English, sterling genuine English, is a desideratum amongst you, and I am glad that I have got so much left; though Heaven knows how I retain it: I hear none but from my valet, and his is Nottinghamshire; and I see none but in your new publications, and theirs is no language at all, but jargon. Even your * * * * is terribly stilted and affected, with ‘very, very’ so soft and pamby.

“Oh! if ever I do come amongst you again, I will give you such a ‘Baviad and Mæviad!’ not as good as the old, but even better merited. There never was such a set as your ragamuffins (I mean not yours only, but every body’s). What with the Cockneys, and the Lakers, and the followers of Scott, and Moore, and Byron, you are in the very uttermost decline and degradation of literature. I can’t think of it without all the remorse of a murderer. I wish that Johnson were alive again to crush them!”