January 17 1816: Byron Drunk, Again!

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Rode to London. Dined at Tavistock  House, Tavistock Square, with Perry. A most noble library he has, and a most noble dinner he gave us. Present: Edward Ellice, Dennison, General Ferguson,  Lord Norton,  Lord Byron, Bennett. We had pleasant talk – General Ferguson very agreeable. Perry told us that Pitt and he used to walk arm-in-arm from the Lyceum in the Strand, which was then fitted up to resemble the House of Commons. Pitt never spoke, but when he came away, used to tell Perry what he would have said – he offered Perry a seat in parliament.

I drank too much wine – came home with Byron – drank brandy and water with him till two in the morning. Lady Byron gone into the country – Byron won’t go!!!

— John  Cam Hobhouse writes for  January 17 1816.

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