Lord Byron to Lady Caroline Lamb
My dearest Caroline,
If tears, which you saw & know I am not apt to shed, if the agitation in which I parted from you, agitation which
you must have perceived through the whole of this most nervous nervous affair, did not commence till the moment
of leaving you approached, if all that I have said & done, & am still but too ready to say & do, have not
sufficiently proved what my real feelings are & must be ever towards you, my love, I have no other proof to offer.
God knows I wish you happy, & when I quit you, or rather when you from a sense of duty to your husband & mother
quit me, you shall acknowledge the truth of what I again promise & vow, that no other in word or deed shall ever
hold the place in my affection which is & shall be most sacred to you, till I am nothing.
I never knew till that moment, the madness of -- my dearest & most beloved friend -- I cannot express myself --
this is no time for words -- but I shall have a pride, a melancholy pleasure, in suffering what you yourself can
hardly conceive -- for you don not know me. -- I am now about to go out with a heavy heart, because -- my
appearing this Evening will stop any absurd story which the events of today might give rise to -- do you think
now that I am cold & stern, & artful -- will even others think so, will your mother even -- that mother to whom
we must indeed sacrifice much, more much more on my part, than she shall ever know or can imagine.
"Promises not to love you" ah Caroline it is past promising -- but shall attribute all concessions to the proper
motive -- & never cease to feel all that you have already witnessed -- & more than can ever be known but to my
own heart -- perhaps to yours -- May God protect forgive & bless you -- ever & even more than ever.
yr. most attached
P.S. -- These taunts which have driven you to this -- my dearest Caroline -- were it not for your mother & the
kindness of all your connections, is there anything on earth or heaven would have made me so happy as to have
made you mine long ago? & not less now than then, but more than ever at this time -- you know I would with
pleasure give up all here & all beyond the grave for you -- & in refraining from this -- must my motives be
misunderstood --? I care not who knows this -- what use is made of it -- it is you & to you only that they owe
yourself, I was and am yours, freely & most entirely, to obey, to honour, love --& fly with you when, where, &
how you yourself might & may determine.