The Collected Letters, Volume 25


TC TO FRANCIS ESPINASSE; 19 March 1850; DOI: 10.1215/lt-18500319-TC-FE-01; CL 25: 52


19 March 1850

If you ever go to the British Museum, here is an enquiry for Mr. Watts1 and you. In one of Byron's works, I think the Age of Bronze, at its first appearance about twenty-five years ago, I read, among some bitter abuse of Lord Castlereagh and Company (how Castlereagh had “opened his carotid artery,” not cut his throat, “bless their learning,” with more of the like sort), a decided eulogy on Peel, B.'s old schoolfellow.2 Byron testified to this effect:— “There is but one man of real talent among them, and I never will believe but he one day will see through all that d—d nonsense, and come out of their squad.”

Now I want a copy of these words: they are not given in Murray's late edition of the works;3 nor perhaps anywhere except in the first or early editions? I am very sure of having read said words about the time I mention. …