Seaham Hall (October 17 1814)
‘No letter – and none can come tomorrow.
Wednesday will perhaps repay me by news of your approach.
Mrs. Leigh has written to me again with such confiding good-nature as prevents my pen from being shy, and I have answered as comfortably as if we had been sisters.
I enclose, for your amusement at any leisure moment, some passages concerning you copied verbatim from my letters to my Mother in 1812.
They have amused me much…
I seem very anxious throughout to assure myself as well as my mother that I was an indifferent judge – you will smile at my impartiality.
Now and then it appears that I was sensible at least of your goodwill towards me, and I had also been informed of it by Mrs. Lamb, who drew more conclusions than I could admit…
You are in my “heart’s core” – invisible to common observers. There you will be – whilst Memory holds her seat.‘
The Life and Letters of Anne Isabella Lady Noel Byron Ethel Colburn Mayne (London: Constable & Co Ltd 1929)