The Westminster Review Volume 12

The Westminster Review Volume 12

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can usually download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1830 edition. Excerpt: ...very largelyiin 1n_ystg'ficatz'0n; and said many things which have brought his faithful reminiscents into scrapes, by making them report, what others, knowing he. could not have believed, think he never could have asserted: which are very different matters. His confidences to Captain Medwin and Mr. Leigh Hunt, were many of them of this mystificatory class. They were of that sort of confidences Which are usually relposed in the butt of an Italian opera bzgfa,7 where the Words " n co1_2fidenza" invariably signify, that there is not a Word of truth in any thing the party is going to sayi Lord Byron was early distinguished by a. scrupulous regard to truth: but the attrition of the World blunts the fine edge of veracity, even in the most ingenuous dispositions: and making the most liberal allowance for misapprehension and misrepresentation, we still think it impossible to read Medwin's and Hunt's reminiscences, without perceiving that those two worthy gentlemen had been very egregiously mystgfied. Lord Byron talked to them in the same spirit in which he wrote much of his bqdinage in Don J uan; such for instance as the passage: I f ' I've bribed my grandmother's review, the British. I sent it in a letter to the editor, Who thanked me duly by return of post: I'm for a. handsome article his creditor, &c.' The editor took this as a serious charge, and most pathetically implored Lord Byron, as a gentleman and a man of honour, to disavow it. He was handsomely laughed at for his pains: for nobody believed the charge, or regarded it as having been seriousl made. _ Mr. oore bears testimony to Lord Byron's disposition in this way. He says of a letter to Mr. Dallas: ' In addition to the temptation, never...show more

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  • Paperback | 236 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 13mm | 426g
  • Rarebooksclub.com
  • United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236852338
  • 9781236852335