January 3 1815: Byron’s Wedding Night

Samuel Rogers, who had read Byron’s destroyed memoirs, writes about an incident that took place on Byron’s wedding night:

There were, I understand, some gross things in that manuscript; but I read only a portion of it, and did not light upon them. I remember that it contained this anecdote:—on his marriage-night, Byron suddenly started out of his first sleep: a taper, which burned in the room, was casting a ruddy glare through the crimson curtains of the bed: and he could not help exclaiming, in a voice so loud that he wakened Lady B[yron], “Good God, I am surely in hell!”

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