April 15 1816: Violent Abuse of Lord Byron


Rode up to London. Dined at home, with Byron – received a letter from Colonel Doyle pressing the signature of the separations – Byron said he should wait for his lawyer’s opinion, but would do it. I wrote an answer to Doyle for the next day, stating the fact and the difficulty – I went to Lady Jersey’s this evening … nothing happened –

On arriving at Piccadilly today I found Sam Rogers and Leigh Hunt up in arms at the publication of Fare Thee Well and the Sketch in Scott’s Champion of yesterday, with violent abuse of Lord Byron – Byron and I left Hunt to compose a paragraph for Perry – he did so. It would not do. I wrote one which was agreed to and went in the evening to the Strand. Perry was not there. I found the verses in the press – the Herald had them today, with the same headline as the Champion – “Lord Byron’s verses on his own domestic circumstances”. I came back to Byron, dressed, went again – saw Perry, who most liberally agreed to do most anything – went to Lady Jersey’s afterward.

—  John Cam Hobhouse writes in his diary, April 15 1816.

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