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A letter from Lockhart to Maginn (1824):
It was a horrible idea of yours to run down Byron dead. It is quite a punch bred notion & you cd not say so impransus. Blackwood, besides, will not have it so.
My fancy is to have a noble “Noctes” entirely devoted to him. Do you take up Timothy & make him abuse Byron as heartily as heartily [sic] as he pleases. Be Odoherty his defender & eulogist mordicus This part I wd fain undertake. I have written to the Professor to write a flaming speech of North proposing the Memory of the Defunct. I shall also do Hogg. In short do your bits of dialogue introducing any songs—anecdotes—scraps real or imaginary of the Memoirs &c &c of which Timothy shd have seen a copy These materials I undertake to work up into a fine harmonious whole, cramming into 20 pages as much of truth & of humbug as the Public have recently met with in any similar space. Give us a first rate Lament by Odoherty—and I will do ditto for Hogg Be sure you tell all (more than all if you like) that you know or suspect about Moore’s concern in the burning business And do all this instanter or not at all.. .. ..
I beg my best respects to the ladies also to Forster & the rest of the Blue Postian heroes