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The Byron Chronology

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Chronology Entry

1816 January 15 Lady Byron and Ada travel from London to Kirkby Mallory in Leicestershire.

Over the next several days, she writes affectionate notes to Byron whom she calls "dearest Duck."

January 17 Annabella asks Captain George Byron to prevail on Byron to leave London which she believes encourages his difficult behavior.

Annabella's mother writes to invite Byron to Kirkby Mallory.

Byron and Hobhouse go out drinking.

January 18 At the encouragement of her parents, Annabella records a description of her husband's erratic behavior for legal counsel.
January 20 Lady Noel leaves for London to consult legal counsel.

Sir Samuel Romilly finds Byron's behaviour objectionable and recommends Dr. Stephen Lushington, a civilian legal advisor.

Lady Noel also has conferences with Mr. Le Mann, Mrs. Leigh and Mrs. Clermont.

Le Mann writes Annabella that he believes Byron sane.

January 23 Capt. George Byron accuses Byron of cruelty to his wife. Since Byron had refused payment from Murray for his poems, Sir James Mackintosh proposes the payment might be donated to William Godwin.

Samuel Rogers relays the scheme to Byron, who agrees to offer 600 guineas to Godwin, and 200 each to Coleridge and Maturin.

Murray, however, refuses to pay the 1000 guineas Byron had initially refused.

January 28 Lady Noel arrives at Kirkby Mallory from London.

Sir Samuel Romilly and the other advisers recommend a legal separation. Augusta, fearing for Byron's life, intercepts the letter proposing a separation and returns it to the Noels.

She urges greater consideration of the matter.

Friday, February 2 Byron, unaware of the separation proceedings, orders horses to go to Kirkby on Sunday.

Sir Ralph Noel and Mrs. Clermont arrive in London. Sir Ralph re-sends the separation letter, this time by messenger.

Sir Ralph's letter requests that all proceedings be conducted privately. Byron disbelieves that Annabella wishes a separation.

Byron asks Augusta to question Annabella directly; he also writes Annabella himself.

Mrs. Clermont remains in London as the Noel's agent.

February 5 Hobhouse visits an "exceedingly depressed" Byron who shows the "dearest Duck" letter and questions Annabella's involvement in the separation.

Hobhouse agrees to write Annabella on Byron's behalf.

Lady Melbourne writes that she has heard rumors of a separation.

February 6 Hobhouse writes Annabella urging her to reconsider her course.
February 7 Murray publishes Seige of Corinth and Parisina together.
February 9 Byron shows Hobhouse two letters from his wife that Augusta had been withholding.

Hobhouse records in his diary that Caroline Lamb has been accusing Byron of "- -" (M 2.585, 587).

February 12 Lady Melbourne visits Byron to complain of Lady Noel.

Hobhouse reveals the rumors that Byron will be accused of "cruelty, drunkness [sic] and infidelity" (577).

February 13 Murray publishes Siege of Corinth, dedicated to Hobhouse, and Parisina, dedicated to Scrope Davies.

Byron gives copyrights to Murray. Augusta clings to hopes of a reconciliation and calls on Francis Hodgson for help.

Hodgson writes Annabella of Byron's "sincere desire of reconciliation" (576).

Hodgson, like Augusta, fears that Byron will become self-destructive.

February 21 Hanson sends Byron's refusal of the separation.

Hanson and Byron's other lawyers continue gathering evidence for a court trial.

February 22 Lady Byron arrives in London for a consultation with Dr. Lushington.

After their consultation, he believes a reconciliation impossible; his change of heart perhaps results from Annabella's revelation of her suspicions of incest.

Lushington advises to bring the case to trial, but Annabella wishes a private settlement.

February ? Lord Holland, at the urging of Dr. Lushington, offers to act as Byron's intermediary.
February 26 Byron thanks Hunt for dedicating Story of Rimini to him.
March 2 Annabella refuses to cut off communication with Augusta Leigh, ignoring the recommendation of Dr. Lushington, Mr. Wilmot, and Colonel Doyle.
March 3 Lord Holland delivers a proposal for Lady Byron's support: 500 yearly and half of the Noel reversion.

Byron rejects the offer since it does not acknowledge the 60,000 she had received in the marriage settlement.

March Annabella meets with Augusta Leigh, hoping to show Byron that she herself wishes the separation.

Augusta repeats her fears for Byron's life; Annabella refuses to return to Byron, citing "her duty" (M 2.584).

Since Byron had agreed to a private separation if Annabella could prove it was of her own will, Byron moves to fulfill his agreement.

Byron begins to receive letters from Godwin's step daughter, Mary Jane Clairmont; and soon she begins to call on him until Byron leaves for the Continent.

March 9 Mr. Wilmot brings several legal documents from Annabella's side to Byron for approval.
March 16 Appointed a Lady-in-Waiting to the Queen, Augusta Leigh leaves 13 Piccadilly Terrace and takes rooms in St. James's Palace.
March 17 The parties agree to the terms of a legal separation.
March 28 Byron engages John Polidori as his doctor for his tour of the Continent.
April 3 Leigh Hunt dines with Byron, Hobhouse, and Davies; Hunt later records that Byron looks very "ill" (597).

Hobhouse moves in with Byron to help him prepare to leave for the Continent.

April 5-6 Byron sells his books at auction; but he refuses the 723 profit in favor of paying his debts to Murray.
April 8 Byron, Augusta Leigh, and Hobhouse attend a party at Lady Jersey's where they meet Benjamin Constant.

Some of the fashionable set cut both Byron and Mrs. Leigh; but Lady Jersey and Margaret Mercer Elphinstone make a point of being kind.

Byron never forgets their kindness.

April 9 Scrope Davies gives a dinner. Byron, Hobhouse, Kinnaird and Burdett stay up till 6 a.m.
April 13 Annabella snubs Augusta Leigh, by having her solicitor respond to a private note.

Byron is furious.

April 14 Hobhouse leaves Piccadilly Terrace for Whitton. Byron takes a private leave of Augusta Leigh.

The Champion publishes Fare Thee Well and the Sketch from Private Life; with this, other periodicals begin a full-scale attack on Byron.

April 15 Augusta Leigh returns to Six Mile Bottom for her lying-in. Byron sends his "Stanzas to Augusta" to Murray for printing.

Hobhouse returns to Piccadilly Terrace.

April 21, 3:30 p.m. Hobhouse brings the deed of separation to Byron and acts as a witness.
April 21-22 Issac Nathan, Samuel Rogers, Hanson, Constant, and other of Byron's friends come by to take leave of Byron before his tour.
April 23 Byron leaves for Dover.

Byron takes with him Dr. Polidori and three servants: Robert Rushton, who had attended Byron as far as Gibralter in 1809; William Fletcher, Byron's valet; and a Swiss servant named Berger.

Though the group stops to see Canterbury Cathedral, they arrive in Dover before 9 p.m.

As soon as the group leaves Piccadilly Terrace, the bailiffs enter and seize all that remains.

April 24 Bad winds keep the party from departing.

After an early dinner, the party visits the grave of Charles Churchill, whose Rosciad was a model for Byron's English Bards and Scotch Reviewers.

April 25 Byron and his party leave Dover for Ostend--a sixteen hour journey.
April 26, 3 p.m. After staying the night at the Cour Imperiale, Bruges, the party takes a carriage to Ghent.
April 27, 3 a.m. The party arrives at the Hotel des Pays Bays, Ghent.

Later in the day, Byron and his group visit popular tourist spots such as the cathedral and the Ecole de Dessin.

April 29, evening Byron's group arrives at Antwerp.
April 30 The group visits the basins built for Napoleon's navy as well as the principal churches and museums.

After lunch, the party travels to Mechlin (Malines); the carriage breaks and must be repaired at Brussels.

Byron meets Major Pryse Lockhart Gordon, a friend of his mother.

May 1-4 Byron and party stay at Brussels.
May 4 Byron visits the field of Waterloo with Gordon as guide.

As a gift for Mrs. Gordon's album, Byron writes several stanzas on Waterloo and Napoleon, beginning "Stop!--for thy tread is on an Empire's dust"--these become the beginning of Childe Harold III.

May 6 As Byron leaves for Louvain, Gordon presents the poet with Abate Giambattista Casti's Novelle Galanti.
May 8 Byron's party stays at Hotel de Prague in Cologne.
May 9 Lady Caroline Lamb's roman a clef, Glenarvon, is published.
May 10-16 Byron and party travel the Rhine, visiting Bonn, Coblenz, the Castle of Drachenfels, and Mannheim.
May 13 Claire Clairmont arrives at the Hotel d'Angleterre with the Shelleys.
May 18 Byron's party is detained by Polidori's illness first at Mannheim, then at Karlsruhe.

On the 18th they cross into Switzerland at Basel.

May 20 Byron and party stay in Basel.
May 25 Travelling alongside Lake Leman, the party travels to Geneva, passing through Coppet.

They spend the night at Dejean's Hotel d'Angleterre, Scheron, near Geneva.

May 26 Byron looks for a place to rent, but the Villa Diodati at 25 louis a month seems too expensive.
May 27 At Scheron, Byron meets the Shelleys with Claire Clairmont.

This is the first meeting for the two poets.

May 28 Byron and Polidori attend a soiree at the home of Mme Eynard-Chatelain.

There Byron meets Charles Hentsch, a banker who becomes Byron's chief financial adviser during his stay in Switzerland.

June 3 or 4 The Shelleys move into the house at Montal¨gre that they had rented days before.
June 6 Byron rents Villa Diodati for 125 louis for six months.
June 10, 3 p.m. Byron moves his household from Dejean's hotel to Diodati, a ten-minute walk to Shelley's house.
June 14 or 15 Byron, Polidori, Clare and the Shelleys agree to write ghost stories.

Only Polidori and Mary Shelley complete theirs.

June 18 Ghost stories and recitations of Coleridge's Christabel cause Shelley to envision a woman with "eyes instead of nipples" (630).
June 22 Wishing to visit sites made famous by Rousseau, Byron and Shelley tour the lake by sailboat, arriving in Meillerie two days later.

The pair follow the geography set out in Rousseau's Nouvelle Heloise.

June 23 The pair sail to the Castle of Chillon, then to Clarens where they visit Julie's garden.

Byron records his stanzas to Clarens in Childe Harold III.

June 25 The pair then sail to Vevey, then Ouchy near Lausanne.
June 27 and 28 Bad weather traps the pair at the Hotel de l'Ancre where Byron writes the Prisoner of Chillon and completes Childe Harold III.

The pair visit Gibbon's house.

June 29 Byron and Shelley leave Ouchy, returning to Montalegre on July 1.
July/August Byron frequently visits Madame de Sta¨l at Coppet.
July 4 Byron completes Childe Harold III.
July, second week Byron becomes a frequent visitor at the home of Madame de Sta¨l.
July 10 Claire completes the fair copy of Childe Harold III.
July 20 Byron commemorates the death of Sheridan on July 7 with "A Monody on the Death of the Right Hon. R. B. Sheridan," and sends it to Kinnaird for reading at Drury Lane. Byron composes "The Dream," "Darkness," and "Prometheus."
July 21 The Shelley party leaves for Chamouni, returning on July 27.
July 27, 9 p.m. The Shelley party arrive at Villa Diodati after their trip and talk till midnight.

For the next two weeks Byron and Shelley return to their pattern of daily boat rides.

August Byron refuses to see the pregnant Claire alone.
August 14 Matthew "Monk" Lewis arrives at Diodati.

Lewis translates some passages from Goethe's Faust.

Mme de Sta¨l attempts to effect a reconciliation between Lady and Lord Byron.

August 16 Byron and Lewis visit Voltaire's chateau at Ferney.
August 26 Hobhouse and Scrope Davies arrive at dinner time.
August 28 Byron takes his farewell of the Shelleys and Claire, who return to England.
August 29, 9 p.m. The Shelley party leaves for England.

Shelley carries Claire's fair copy of CHP III, Prisoner of Chillon and other short poems.

On the same day, Byron, Polidori, Hobhouse and Davies travel to Chamouni.

August 30 The Byron Party sees Mont Blanc and the Mer de Glace (sp).
September 5 Davies returns to England, taking Robert Rushton with him.

Davies carries several MS of Byron and Shelley.

September 11 Shelley delivers the MS of CHP III to Murray who--in negotiation with Douglas Kinnaird--agrees to pay 2000 guineas for CHP III and Prisoner.
September 16, 6 a.m. Having dismissed Dr. Polidori, Byron sets out for Italy.
September 17 Byron and Hobhouse begin their tour of the Bernese Oberland, and Byron starts his "Alpine Journal" for Augusta.

In the course of the trip they visit Ouchy, the Jungfrau, the Dent Jamant, the Wengen Alp, the Kleiner Eigher and the Grosser Eigher and the Wetterhorn.

September 24, 7 a.m. The party descends to Brienz.
September 25 They spend the night at Thoun.
September 26 The two travel home via Bern and Fribourg.
September 28 Byron and Hobhouse reach Aubonne where Byron finishes his journal.
September 29, 4 p.m. Byron and Hobhouse arrive at Diodati.
October 5, 11:30 a.m. Byron and Hobhouse leave Diodati for Milan.

Rather than go through Geneva, the pair travel up the Rhone Valley to the Simplon Pass, following the road Napoleon himself had chosen.

October 10 Passing through Iselle on their descent to the Lago Maggiore, the travelers soon entered Domo d'Ossola where they have dinner, then stop for the night at Ornavasso.
October 11 Though fearful of bandits, the travelers pass unmolested. Rowing to Isola Bella, the pair view the room where Bonaparte slept.

At Arona, they travel to Sesto.

October 12 Arriving at Milan, the pair take rooms at the L'ancian Hotel de St. Marco.
October 13 Polidori visits.

Byron and Hobhouse go to the ballet at the Teatro della Scala, the center of social life in Milan.

October 14 Byron and Hobhouse visit the Ambrosian Library, and go to the theater at night.
October 15 Making a second visit to the Ambrosian, Byron is "most delighted" with the letters of Lucretia Borgia and Cardinal Bembo (662).

He manages to steal a portion of the lock of Borgia's hair.

October 17 Byron and Hobhouse dine at the home of the Marquis and his brother, Di Breme. Di Breme compares Byron to Petrarch.
October 18 The Irish Colonel Fitzgerald visits Byron and tells stories of Napoleon in Milan.
October 23 Byron meets Henri Beyle (Stendhal) at La Scala in the box of Monsignore di Breme.

Byron finds Beyle fascinating for his knowledge of Napoleon.

October 25 The perfomance of the improvisatore Sgricci at La Scala impresses Byron.
October 28 Polidori becomes involved in a fight with an officer at the theater.

Though Byron intercedes on his behalf, Polidori is forced to leave Milan the following day.

Byron's actions attract the attention of the Italian police, who suspect him of liberal sympathies.

November 3, 11 a.m. Byron and Hobhouse travel to Verona by way of Gorgonzola, Coravaggio, Brescia, and Desenzano.
November 6 Byron and Hobhouse arrive in Verona.
November 7 The travelers visit the amphitheater and the tomb reputed to be that of the Capulets.
November 8, 9:30 a.m. The travelers visit the Palladio memorial in Vicenza, then travel on to Padua where they eat at the Stella d'Oro Inn.
November 10 Though Hobhouse would have liked to remain to see the sights in Padua, Byron insists on traveling to Venice immediately.
November 10 The two arrive in Venice.
November 12 Byron and Hobhouse visit the Marciana Library where Byron is impressed with the story of the beheaded doge, Marino Faliero.
November 13 or 14? Byron takes lodgings over the shop of a draper named Segati for 20 francs a day.

He is quickly entranced by Segati's wife, Marianna.

Hobhouse takes different lodgings.

November 18 Murray publishes CHP III.
December 5 Murray publishes the Prisoner of Chillon and Other Poems.

Hobhouse leaves Venice for a tour of Italy.

Byron records that he has begun language studies at the Armenian monastery.

December 13 Murray writes that he had been able to sell 7000 copies of both CHP III and Prisoner to booksellers at a dinner.

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1817 January ? Byron prints at his own cost 500 copies of the Armenian and English grammar, composed by his tutor, Father Pasqual.
January 12 In London, Claire Clairmont gives birth to Byron's daughter, Allegra.
February 15 Byron writes that he has begun Manfred.
February 18 Carnivale closes, bringing an end to Byron's revels. Byron soon reports in letters that he has fallen ill.

He is confined to his bed for much of March.

April 13 Byron and Polidori visit the Manfrini Palace.
April 17? Byron leaves Venice for Padua where he visits Petrarch's home.

Crossing the Po, he spends the day at Ferrara, examining the tomb of Ariosto and the cell of Tasso. Byron begins the Lament of Tasso.

April 29 Byron arrives in Rome and meets Hobhouse.

Byron revises Manfred.

May 5 Byron sends the revised 3rd act of Manfred to Murray.

He sets the price for Manfred and Lament at 600 guineas for the pair.

May 19 Byron witnessess a public execution in Rome.
May 20 Byron leaves Rome for Venice, traveling quickly.
May 28 Byron returns to Venice and his liaison with Marianna Segati.
June 14 Byron moves to the Villa Foscarini, a large house on the river near La Mira outside of Padua.

Marianna visits Byron on the pretense that she has friends in the area.

June 16 Murray publishes Manfred, for which he paid 300 guineas.
July 1 Byron writes to Murray that he has begun CHP IV.
July 17 Murray publishes Lament of Tasso.
July 19 Byron finishes CHP IV.
July 31, 11:30 a.m. Hobhouse arrives for a visit; Monk Lewis had arrived several days earlier.
August 5 Byron begins a liaison with Margarita Cogni, while still involved with Marianna Segati.
August 29 Signor Segati tells a story from Venice that inspires Beppo.
September ? William Stewart Rose brings tooth-powder and books from John Murray.

Among them is John Hookham Frere's Whistlecraft whose style of verse Byron imitates in Beppo.

October 10 Bryon finishes Beppo.
Autumn Byron has a series of English visitors, among them Richard Belgrave Hoppner, the British Consul in Venice since 1814, whom Byron likes.
September 11, 5:30 a.m. Byron and Hobhouse set out to visit Hoppner in Este.

When they can't find suitable horses among those left by the Austrian army, they visit Arqua and the house of Petrarch.

September 17-27 Byron and Hobhouse travel to Venice to meet with Douglas Kinnaird and his brother who arrive on the 19th.

Byron takes the pair to the Manfrini gallery, dines with them each evening and visits the ballet afterwards.

September 27 Byron returns to La Mira, leaving Hobhouse in Venice with the Kinnairds.

Hobhouse works on his historical notes to CHP IV at Venetian libraries.

October 14 Hobhouse returns to La Mira.
November 1 Byron and Hobhouse visit Hoppner's house at Este.

Byron had leased the house in late September for a period of two years. Though he likes the house, he never takes up residence.

November 13 Byron and Hobhouse return to Venice, Byron to his rooms at the Segati's, Hobhouse to his across the street.
November 21 Attracting the notice of all Venice, Byron's horses arrive from La Mira, and the two friends take daily rides.

According to the diary of Henry Matthews:

"There are only eight horses in Venice: four are of brass, over the gate of the cathedral; and the other four are alive in Lord Byron's stable" (717).

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1818 January 7 Hobhouse takes his leave of Byron at midnight.

He sets out the next morning for London, carrying the MS of CHP IV.

Carnival begins soon after Hobhouse's departure.

January Byron participates in the Carnival more than the previous year.

He becomes closer friends with Hoppner and frequents the Countess Albrizzi's conversazioni, a favorite spot of the literati.

January 12 Allegra's birthday.
January 19 Byron sends the MS of Beppo to Murray with instructions to print it anonymously.
January 22 Byron spends his 30th birthday at Countess Albrizzi's.
January 25 At Countess Albrizzi's, Byron meets the newly married Countess Teresa Guiccioli.

Though he escorts her to see Canova's bust of Helen of Troy, he makes as little an impression on her as she makes on him.

February 4 Hobhouse delivers CHP IV to Murray.
February 23 Byron falls ill with gonorrhea.
February Byron writes "Lines on the birth of John Rizzo Hopper".

Byron hears Haydn and Handel at the San Benedeto, begins attending the conversazioni of Countess Marina Querini Benzoni, and continues his dissipations with a series of middle and lower class Italian women.

February 28 As per Byron's instructions, Murray publishes Beppo anonymously.

Jeffrey reviews the poem positively in the Edinburgh Review.

March 9 At the parish church of St. Giles in the Fields, Claire has her daughter baptized as Clara Allegra Byron.
March 11 The Shelleys leave for Italy accompanied by Claire and Allegra.
March 23 Hobhouse meets Ugo Foscolo and asks him to write an essay on Italian literatures for his Historical Illustrations of the Fourth Canto of Childe Harold.
April 4 The Shelley party arrives in Milan and seeks lodgings on the Lake of Como.

Though the Shelleys hope for Byron to travel to Milan, Byron--unwilling to renew his liaison with Claire--remains in Venice.

April 6 Byron receives news of the death of Lady Melbourne.
April 28 At Byron's insistence, Claire and the Shelleys send Allegra to Venice in the company of Byron's messenger and the child's nurse.

Murray publishes CHP IV with Hobhouse's notes.

May Byron moves into the Palazzo Moncenigo.

Giovanni Battista Falcieri (Tita) becomes Byron's gondolier.

June 25 Byron wins a swimming contest against Cavalier Angelo Mengaldo.
Early August Byron places Allegra in the care of the Hoppners.
August 22, midnight Shelley and Claire arrive in Padua to discuss Allegra's housing.
August 23 Claire and Shelley visit Allegra at the Hoppner's, then Shelley visits Byron in the afternoon to discuss Allegra.

The two take a ride on the sands of the Lido, a ride which Shelley memorializes in Julian and Maddalo.

Byron offers the Shelleys and Claire the use of his villa at Este, where Allegra can visit.

September 19 Byron completes Don Juan I (begun in July).
September 24 Back in Venice, Clara Shelley receives medical attention, but she dies soon after.
October 12 The Shelleys return to Venice for a visit.
October 12 The dilatory Hanson finally arrives in Venice with the Newstead sale papers for Byron to sign.
October 15 Byron receives news of the suicide of Sir Samuel Romilly.

Byron does not lament his passing.

October 24 Shelley returns to Este to fetch Allegra.
October 29 According to the agreement with Byron, Shelley returns Allegra to Venice from Este.
October 31 The Shelleys prepare to journey to Rome.
November 17 Byron, in the presence of Newton Hanson and Fletcher, signs a codicil to his will, leaving 5000 to Allegra's maintenance.

Byron also sends sealed letters to England for Hobhouse and Kinnaird, making the two his financial representatives.

Byron sends, by Lord Lauderdale, copies of Don Juan I, Mazeppa, and Ode on Venice.

December 13 Byron begins Don Juan II.
December 28 Hobhouse, Kinnaird and Hanson meet to settle Byron's financial affairs.

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1819 January Carnival begins, and Byron participates with abandon.
April 2 or 3 Byron and Alexander Scott visit the Countess Benzoni's conversazioni, where Byron meets Teresa Guiccioli again. The two discuss Italian poetry.

For the next ten days, the two meet, by chance, when their gondolas pass each day on the lagoon.

When the Guicciolis return to Ravenna, Teresa and Byron arrange to send letters to one another secretly.

Byron begins his love lyric, "Stanzas to the Po."

Teresa, three months pregnant, falls ill; after travelling the 40 miles from Ca Zen to Ravenna, she miscarries.

Byron sees in an announcement of the publication of The Vampyre that he is reputed to be its author.

June 1 Byron, love-sick, begins a journey to Ravenna. At Padua, Byron finishes his "Stanzas to the Po."
June 5 Byron arrives in Bologna, where he questions whether to go on to Ravenna since Teresa has not written him with instructions.
June 8 Byron determines to continue for Ravenna rather than return to Venice.
June 10 Byron arrives in Ravenna, and receives an invitation from Count Alborghetti, Secretary General of the Government of Lower Romagna, to attend that evening's theater performance.

At the theatre Byron learns to his great distress that Teresa is gravely ill.

Alborghetti becomes an important ally and protection for Byron in Ravenna.

June 11 Byron visits Teresa. For the next week, he visits her daily, and her health improves dramatically.
June 15 Teresa, though still sick, is well enough to ride in her carriage with Byron.

Byron begins translating the Francesca episode in the Inferno.

June 28 Mazeppa and Ode on Venice published.
July 4 Teresa, treated by Dr. Aglietti, improves dramatically.
July 15 Murray publishes Don Juan I and II anonymously.
End of July Byron determines to move his household completely from Venice, but must address the problem of where to house Allegra.

Allegra lives with Mrs. Martens.

August 9 The Guicciolis travel to Bologna.
August 10, 3 a.m. Byron travels to Bologna, taking his old rooms at the Pellegrino.
August 11 Byron and the Guicciolis view Alfieri's Mirra at the Arena del Sole Theatre.
August Byron continues to be subject of police surveillance, as he waits to move to the Palazzo Merendoni.

Byron hears that Douglas Kinnaird has been elected to Parliament.

August 12 Teresa, after quarreling with her husband, falls ill and requires the care of Dr. Aglietti in Venice.

Byron acts as her travelling companion--from different carriages. Byron remains under police surveillance.

When the pair arrive in Venice, Teresa stays at Byron's accomodations in La Mira rather than at her husband's Palazzo Malipiero.

August 22 Teresa visits her husband's properties in the countryside.
End of August Allegra arrives in Ravenna.
October 7, 2 p.m. Thomas Moore arrives from Padua, and Byron accompanies him to Venice, establishing Moore at the Palazzo Mocenigo.

Byron travels to and from La Mira to spend each day with Moore in Venice.

October 10 Byron reads Moore from Don Juan III.
October 11 Moore returns to La Mira at 3 p.m. He sees Allegra. Byron offers Moore the MS of his memoirs.
October 25 or 26 Teresa moves to the Palazzo Mocenigo in anticipation of her husband's arrival.
October 28 Following Teresa to Venice, Byron takes a fever after being drenched in a rainstorm. Teresa tends him at Mocenigo.
November 1 Count Guiccioli arrives at Palazzo Mocenigo, the beginning of days of quarrels between the Count and his young wife. At the end of ten days, Teresa agrees to return to her husband's house in Ravenna. Byron promises to follow her.
November 10 Count Guiccioli and Teresa return to Ravenna.

Upon her return home, Teresa falls ill.

November 17 Allegra and her nurse fall ill.

Byron considers returning to England rather than to Ravenna.

November 25 Allegra pronounced well enough to travel.
December 10 Byron puts off his journey to England till the spring.
December 11 Teresa is so ill that her father, with the agreement of the Count, requests that Byron return to Ravenna.

Byron agrees to return, and Teresa's improvement is so marked that he is able to wait several days before setting out.

December 21 Byron sets out for Ravenna.

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November 2000

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