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May 10 1812: Byron Gossip

On May 10, 1812, Lady Harriet Leveson Gower writes to her father the Duke of Devonshire about Lord Byron and Lady Caroline Lamb: 
Lord Byron is still upon a pedestal, and Caroline William doing homage. I have made acquaintance with him. He is agreeable, but I feel no wish for any further intimacy. His countenance is fine when it is in repose; but the moment it is in play, suspicious, malignant, and consequently repulsive. His manner is either remarkably gracious and conciliatory, with a tinge of affectation, or irritable and impetuous, and then, I am afraid, perfectly natural. 

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