Lord Byron's Apology





No one knew how to apologize for an affront with better grace, or with

more delicacy, than Lord Byron. In the first edition of the first

canto of Childe Harold, the poet adverted in a note to two political

tracts--one by Major Pasley, and the other by Gould Francis Leckie,

Esq.; and concluded his remarks by attributing "ignorance on the one

hand, and prejudice on the other." Mr. Leckie, who felt offended at the

severity and, as he thought, injustice of the observations, wrote to

Lord Byron, complaining of the affront. His lordship did not reply

immediately to the letter; but, in about three weeks, he called upon

Mr. Leckie, and begged him to accept an elegantly-bound copy of a new

edition of the poem, in which the offensive passage was omitted.



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