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...dear Count ---- (if you will permit me to address you so familiarly), you should be content with writing in your own language, like Grammont, and succeeding in London as nobody has succeeded since the days of Charles the Second and the records of Antonio Hamilton, without deviating into our barbarous language,--which you understand and write, however, much better than it deserves.
"My 'approbation,' as you are pleased to term it, was very sincere, but perhaps not very impartial; for,Though I love my country, I do not love my countrymen.-at least, such as they now are. And, besides the seduction of talent and wit in your work, I fear that to me there was the attraction of vengeance. I have _seen_ and _felt_ much of what you have described so well. I have known the persons, and the re-unions so described,--(many of them, that is to say,) and the portraits are so like that I cannot but admire the painter no less than his performance.
"But I am sorry for you; for if you are so well acquainted with life at your age, what... Byron, Lord
Excerpt from Life of Lord Byron, Vol. 6 (of 6) With his Letters and Journals · This quote is about patriotism · Search on Google Books to find all references and sources for this quotation.
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