Seaham Hall (December 7 1814)
‘Dearest – “I will make up for the past.”
Talk and tattle are very harmless and would not depend on your locality.
The good people will be tired of conjectures in time – in a very short time, I should think, when we confute the greater part of them.
We have always meant that “the happy nuptials” should be as obscure and ignoble as possible, whether fashionable or not; so you need not fear any “outward and visible signs” – my father’s epithalamium excepted – to which I suppose you will not object, unless from some poetical jealously..
What do you think I have been doing last?
Playing a rubber of whist for the amusement of the old gamesters…
Farewell – I will not wish you any prosperity till you are on the road – not “to ruin.”‘
Lord Byron’s Wife Malcolm Elwin (London: John Murray 1962)