The Don Juan was salvaged in September. This is probably the ‘damaged’ notebook that Captain Roberts found in the boat, along with ‘two memorandum-books of Shelley’s, quite perfect’. It has suffered badly from immersion in water and is no longer in its original binding. Most of the contents – drafts of Adonais and To Emilia Viviani and a fair copy of the first part of A Defence of Poetry – date from the previous year. Perhaps Shelley took it with him to show Leigh Hunt A Defence of Poetry, for possible inclusion in The Liberal magazine.
The ‘drowned notebook’ was a revered Shelley family relic.
Percy Bysshe Shelley; (1822) Mary Shelley; (bequest, 1851) Sir Percy and Lady Shelley; (bequest, 1889) Lady Shelley; (bequest, 1899) John C.E. Shelley (later Sir John Shelley-Rolls); (gift, 1946) Bodleian.