Any one have any poems of this time to mention?
Though she had refused Byron's offer of marriage
earlier, by 1814 Anne Isabelle Milbanke was having
second thoughts. She started a correspondence with him
again supposedly on poetry and "philosophical"
subjects. She had encouraged and been patron to two
rustic poets. Byron did not approve of this because he
thought it made the men dissatisfied with their lot. He
often let several days go by between letters. It was
AIM who would give the correspondence a nudge again.
When she finally hinted that she had been mistaken
earlier and that she wanted him to repeat his offer
Byron's sense of honor licked in and he obliged. He
had liked her better than many, he had to marry, and
she was willing to marry him. That she was rumored to
be a prospective heiress was a bonus. He agreed.
Selina Doyle, a friend of AIM's writes that people were
suitable surprised and amazed and that there was
conjecture about the motives of each. She says:
<<My confidence is built on your sense of religion,
which will enable you to find Peace and Consolation the
fulfillment of your duties, even should my hopes, my
prayers for your Worldly Happiness prove vain! But I am
sanguine for I know the motives of your acceptance--
they are pure.>> Elwin p,218
The arrangements for the marriage preceded at a slow
pace as did Byron. He was no impatient lover who
hurried to his love's side at the first opportunity.
Hobhouse mentions how little eager Byron appeared.