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Letter from John Galt to William Brockedon, dated 18 December 1832, discussing Byron's response to Mount Etna.


(illegible) stands very high and he was never on show there. In the voyage alluded to he might not be farther from Aetna than thirty miles I have seen Aetna from Malta so that I have no doubt if his Lordship took the trouble it was in his power many times to have seen Aetna from the sea. It will surprise you perhaps to hear that I do not think he had much of a taste for the picturesque though a very lively feeling on interesting scenes especially where the associations were exciting: it was more associations than sights in which he delighted.

Yours truly
John Galt

William Brockedon Esq.