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The Byron Journal (1976), 4, (1), 36–43.


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Letters and Journals of Lord Byron, ed. Rowland E. Prothero, vi, 293. Colonel Napier was (Sir) Charles James Napier, the future conqueror of Scinde. Google Scholar

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"It was to have been printed in Greek and Italian, but as no Italian type was procurable, it appeared in Greek only." Letters and Journals, vi, 355 n.i. Google Scholar

Ibid. See also Marchand, Byron, a Portrait, p. 433. Google Scholar

Letters and Journals, vi, 346 n.i. (Editors' Note: Other Greek papers were also being published.) Google Scholar

Ibid. and Marchand, loc. cit. Google Scholar

Letters and Journals, vi, 355 and n.i. Google Scholar

Ibid, vi, 273 n.2. Google Scholar

Ibid, vi, 346-347, 354-355. Byron's threat to Stanhope (recorded in Moore) — "I will libel you in your own Chronicle" — (Ibid, vi, 336 n.i.) is clearly not to be taken seriously. Google Scholar

Report on the Manuscripts of Earl Bathurst, preserved at Cirencester Park, ed. Francis Bickley (Historical MSS Commission), 1923, p. 567. Guilford would hardly have been gratified to know that Byron had once described him as "the most illustrious humbug of his age and country." Letters and Journals, iv, 182. Google Scholar

Manuscripts of Earl Bathurst, ut supra. Osborne confessed to a partiality for Byron, whom, he said, he had known above twenty years. It was in fact twenty years ago (March 1804) that Byron had written to Augusta Leigh: "Pray tell me if you see Lord S. Osborne, and how he is; what little I know of him I like very much and if we were better acquainted I should like him still better." (Letters and Journals, i, 24). Further evidence that Osborne's "partiality" was reciprocated is contained in a diary which Byron was keeping in January, 1821 (ibid, v, 186), "Received a letter from Lord O. S., State Secretary of the Seven Islands — a fine fellow — clever — dished in England five years ago, and came abroad to retrench and to renew … he wants me to go to Corfu. Why not? — perhaps I may, next spring." Ibid, v, 186. And when Byron was in Cephalonia and was told by Dr. Kennedy that Osborne had arrived there, he replied, "I am very glad of it … He is a merry fellow, and has some fine qualities." (Ibid, vi, 322 n.i.) The two men were also connected by a concatenation of marriages, Osborne being the son of the second marriage of that Marquess of Carmarthen (afterwards 6th Duke of Leeds) whose first wife, following an elopement and a divorce, became in turn the first wife of Captain John Byron who, by his second marriage, was the poet's father. Google Scholar

Manuscripts of Earl Bathurst, p. 570. Google Scholar

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Bickley, Francis