Your scrawl is – no – nothing but yourself can really be welcome to me now.
My own dearest, there is not a moment when I would not give my foolish head to see you.
I knew it would be so, and think it is a salutary chastisement for all my misdemeanours.
I am in my most sober senses, I assure you.
What says our Sister?
It is odd that I can write all my goosishness to her…
Dad & Mam are quite disconsolate without you.
You made yourself agreeable here with so much success…
My mother is reading Hanson’s letter, and seems very well pleased therewith.
Wilt thou take me to thy heart?
My home “till Death do us part” – and don’t turn me out of doors in revenge as you threatened…
Seaham Hall (November 17 1814)
Lord Byron’s Wife Malcolm Elwin (London: John Murray 1962)