cover of the Analectic Magazine as being written by Lord Byron. It seems intended as a sequel to the Corsair-- It possesses some merit but I think it cannot be written by Lord Byron-- The flow of this poet's versification is admirably copied--but it seems to me to want his energy of expression, his exuberance of thought, the peculiar vein of melancholy which imparts its tinge to everything he writes--in short all the stronger features of his genius-- Conrad, whose character you used to admire and who makes his appearance in this tale as a Spanish peer under the name of Lara, --is degenerated into a lurking assassin--a midnight murderer-- But perhaps you have seen the poem-- For my part I never heard of it till I met with it at Mr. Howe's. May it not be the effort of some American Genius? Perhaps-- A notion has got into my head that it is of Cisatlantic origin. 2
MANUSCRIPT: NYPL-GR (draft) PUBLISHED (in part): Life, I, 132-133.
Bridgewater-- Dec. 20 1814
I got to this place last Thursday week--and upon putting myself into Eaton's scales found myself ten pounds heavier than when I started from Bridgewater.-- For the use of my horse I paid $7.20--at the rate of 6 cents per mile--the usual price here--it being the verdict of a jury of horse- jockeys that the horse returned in no better trim than he went-- My shoes cost me $2.25-- When I came here I found not a particle on the ground--although the sleighing was tolerably good at Worcester-- Now there is considerable snow here not enough however to make very good sleighing--but there is said to be more as you go farther north. If any body was to come down after your sleigh between now and February (in January they tell me the sleighing is the best here) I have no doubt but he might return in it without any difficulty-- I have written to Dr.