Seaham Hall (December 20 1814)
‘Was I not a little in the heroics yesterday?
I cannot play that part two days together.
If we do not marry under circumstances that might afterwards cause you to wish it had been delayed, I care little what they are…
I shall accede to whatever is thought best, and propose nothing myself.
You won’t think me better versed in self-knowledge than I am in the knowledge of others, when I tell you that I am a perfect Tory in my natural disposition to passive obedience.
Opposition of every sort has always been an exertion to me, and made from principle solely, whether right or wrong.
… Forgive my heroics in consideration that they are first cousins to yours – their best apology to myself…‘
Lord Byron’s Wife Malcolm Elwin (London: John Murray 1962)