On September 18 1814, Lord Byron writes to Annabella Milbanke, after having received her letter accepting his marriage proposal.
Newstead Abbev. Septr. 18th. 1814
Your letter has given me a new existence—it was unexpected—I need not say welcome—but that is a poor word to express my present feelings—and yet equal to any other—for express them adequately I cannot.—I have ever regarded you as one of the first of human beings—not merely from my own observation but that of others—as one whom it was as difficult not to love—as scarcely possible to deserve;—I know your worth—& revere your virtues as I love yourself and if every proof in my power of my full sense of what is due to you will contribute to your happiness—I shall have secured my own. 255 more words