Irish poet Thomas Moore was a friend of Lord Byron's. Prior to his death, Byron entrusted his memoirs to Moore, asking that they be published posthumously. After Byron's death however, Moore was persuaded by Byron's family and by his publisher, John Murray, to destroy the memoirs due to their potential revelations. Moore and Murray burned the documents, but in 1830, six years after Byron's death, they published a six volume "Life of Lord Byron" based on his letters and journals. This is volume one of a later edition.