I am waiting here alone – ten miles from Seaham – in expectation of my Uncle’s arrival.
My thoughts are with you – and you shall have them…
I have something like a fear to know the day of your arrival.
I should be unhappy if I did not expect it, yet when fixed, I shall perhaps wish that we had met, rather than were to meet.
I must be thoughtless if I could be simply glad to see you.
You will understand this too well to think it unkind.
I hear the carriage…
…take care of yourself and rest on the road – and think it is for the sake of her “who loves thee best.”
Castle Eden Inn (October 2 1815)
The Life and Letters of Anne Isabella Lady Noel Byron Ethel Colburn Mayne (London: Constable & Co Ltd 1929)