My father was very indignant at the mis-statement, and wondered “what rascal” wanted to deprive him of a son whom I really believe her personally prefers to any other he could have chosen, had his option been unlimited.
You pleased him particularly when he visited you – on his return he said that you seemed to be a most “good-natured, friendly man.”
You may form your own opinion of his discernment.
I wish you to be patient of the delays which keep us apart – yet I have not myself any patience to spare for you. I regard your absence at this time as not the least proof of attachment…
My mother desires me to give some directions for your route…
After you come to Boroughbridge, the nearest way hither is by the following stages – Thirsk – Tontine Inn – Stockton – Castle Eden – Seaham – I feel as if you were here when I write it.
Farewell – and believe I cannot but be yours.
Seaham Hall (October 5 1814)
The Life and Letters of Anne Isabella Lady Noel Byron Ethel Colburn Mayne (London: Constable & Co Ltd 1929)