On April 6 1816, Lord Byron writes to John Murray.
Dear Sir / I beg to be understood about the books. – You took them at a fair valuation – – – & whatever little profit there may be on the sale is yours – & yours it must remain – for by God – I can have nothing to do with it – such a thing would be a sort of swindling – more particularly with an account still owing to you. – So there’s an end of that matter – – besides you bought many of the dearest bargains yourself. ——— ——
Your bill for these is due on the 12th. – & the duplicate of it – I shall put in the fire when I see you on Monday. – – – – – – –
With regard to the account – perhaps you will let it stand over for the present – & I will not allow it to remain longer than I can help – as I have some hopes of being able to put my affairs in a train for liquidation. y rs. very truly